Francis Coquelin got injured in the match against Bournemouth on Saturday, and much as we all wish him the best, the way he fell was a bit odd, to say the least.
Arsenal fans have been wishing the best for the midfielder on social media, but the bizarre way the French player went down has drawn a fair bit of attention as well:
Gutted for Coquelin but the fall looked hilarious pic.twitter.com/XRnw42BcGj
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) September 9, 2017
Football fans tend to show no mercy in these sorts of situations, and it wasn’t long before some creative supporters edited together a few videos for meme accounts to steal.
Unfortunately these videos have been ripped off and shared so much that I’m genuinely unsure ‘who did this’ first one, with Francis making an appearance in Game of Thrones:
— Silvana Palazzo (@silvpalazzo) September 10, 2017
Fortunately, Twitter user TerryAFCx watermarked this next video, where Coquelin has apparently become a target of an assassination attempt by a sniper:
That's a cracking shot tbf pic.twitter.com/q7X8X0dvdt
— TerryAFC (@TerryAFCx) September 9, 2017
Whilst other fans drew comparisons between the way Francis fell and a number of other scenes, a selection of which are below:
— Saturnin (@emeric08350) September 10, 2017
— Ryan Burton (@RyanBurton92) September 9, 2017
Coquelin trying to bury the other players. pic.twitter.com/A3jh1X7pKL
— George Leahy ☢️ (@George_Leahy) September 9, 2017
Meanwhile some other supporters were quick to note the one person who might have reason to be happy with an opening in Arsenal’s midfield:
Coquelin hamstring injury pic.twitter.com/yQebnYNoM2
— Ahmed (@Ahmed91Gooner) September 9, 2017
It’s worth pointing out that not everyone was on board with the jokes, however:
Coquelin: yes, he fell funny, but I'm not a fan of Gooners making memes out of an Arsenal player's injury.
— The Förward Öbserver (@LennyPetsPuppys) September 9, 2017
An understandable view if it had been a leg break. As it stands, it’s a hamstring pull.