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Sunday 17 December 2017

Coquelin will keep tight rein on Gunners' attack

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin
Arsenal's Francis Coquelin

Arsenal's new midfield enforcer Francis Coquelin will have no problem reining in their attack-minded big-name stars if it means keeping the team into the top four of the Premier League.

The Gunners moved back above Tottenham with an edgy 2-1 victory over bottom club Leicester, which saw both Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez pick up injuries. It was far from an all-conquering display from Arsene Wenger's men as they aimed to recover from defeat in the north London derby, but they looked comfortable leading 2-0 at half-time before allowing a spirited comeback from the Foxes.

Nevertheless, Coquelin, who has helped steer the team to a battling win at Manchester City last month, insists when the likes of Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Sanchez are all marauding forwards, someone has to keep the balance of the team dynamic in check.

The Frenchman said: "If it needs to be said, I am the one who is saying it. Everyone can tell each other off, so that is a good thing."

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