Francis Coquelin has revealed that preparation will be vital to stopping Chelsea’s Player of the Year-elect Eden Hazard and former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas when the Gunners face the Blues this weekend.
Whilst the Frenchman has been nothing short of a revelation for Arsene Wenger’s side since his return to the first-team in December – this was more by accident than genius, with Coquelin providing emergency cover to an injury ravaged midfield.
And whilst he’s now become one of the first names on the Arsenal team sheet and has impressed agains the likes of Manchester City and United, his toughest test is surely to come against the League leaders on Sunday.
Arsenal will fancy their chances against the Premier League champions-elect coming off an FA Cup semi-final win and on an eight-match win streak in the league but against the dynamic Blues attack, Coquelin knows he’ll have to be at his best.
“I’ll look at the video that the manager prepares,” Coquelin said to Arsenal Player.
“After, I’ll try to keep the same, it’s been working for the last weeks and I try to adapt well to any situation.
“Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are great players who can do such great things at any time in the day. You need to be focused the whole time and that’s what I’m trying to do for the 90 minutes.”
A draw will likely suit either side’s ambitions this season with Arsenal surely too far away to mount a serious title run over the final six games, even with a victory.