Arsenal star: My respect for Chelsea’s ‘unbelievable’ Nemanja Matic
Francis Coquelin heaps praise on Nemanja Matic ahead of Chelsea's trip to Arsenal
Francis Coquelin has heaped praise on Nemanja Matic for the impact he has had at Chelsea this season as the Blues prepare for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal.
The Serbia international has been a regular fixture in Jose Mourinho’s first-team this season and has played in 30 of the Blues’ top flight games to help the west London side build a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Matic has made Chelsea’s holding midfield role his own this season – much like Coquelin has impressed for Arsenal in that position in recent weeks.
And the French midfielder has spoken of his respect for his Chelsea counterpart ahead of the Blues’ trip to Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coquelin told Arsenal Player: “What he’s done is unbelievable.
“At Chelsea he is one of the main men so credit to him, he’s had a great season and is a great player. It’s always good to play against players like that.
“It’s an important position and Matic has shown how important he is – that’s what I’m trying to do as well for Arsenal. The fans want a good defensive midfielder, they know it’s important for the team.”
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Arsenal, who reached the FA Cup last weekend, head into Sunday’s clash in north London in second place in the Premier League table after having won their last eight top-flight games.