Francis Coquelin shares Arsenal’s thoughts on Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla – ‘I could send them rubbish balls’

Now with Unai Emery at Villarreal, the Frenchman had to bide his time in north London before establishing himself as a regular towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s tenure.

Pushed back into the starting line-up to cover injuries shortly after joining Charlton on loan, Coquelin formed an impressive midfield pivot with Cazorla in particular, the one who helped Arsenal beat Manchester City away from home in 2015 .

For the most part, traveling to the other six big teams had been a miserable experience for the club, but Coquelin – at least for a short while – proved to be some sort of insider fix and played the entire victory. FA Cup final against Aston Villa later that year.

Eventually, he would join Valencia in January 2018 after falling out of favour, before moving to Villarreal in the summer of 2020.

Ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, Coquelin spoke in glowing terms about some of his former teammates.

“It was amazing!” he told So Foot.

“I was playing with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Özil in front of me. I could throw trash balls at them and they easily controlled them.

“The agreement I had with Cazorla stayed with me in particular. He is really impressive. I could do whatever I wanted on the pitch, I knew he would always be there as a guarantee.

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