Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has a special nickname for Francis Coquelin - in fact, he’s got quite a few.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Coquelin admitted that he had a little chuckle to himself when he found out that Henry had been calling him ‘The Policeman’, ‘Columbo’ and ‘The Detective’.
It’s all to do with Coquelin’s role in the Arsenal team. He’s established himself as a vital part of Wenger’s starting eleven this season, in a defensive midfield role left vacant since the departure of Alex Song.
The Gunners have still been linked with summer moves for defensive enforcers, chiefly German midfielder Lars Bender and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
But Henry is clearly a big fan of his 23-year-old French compatriot, and Coquelin reveals he called him up on the phone after he heard about the nicknames.
Coquelin returned from a loan spell with Championship side Charlton Athletic to quickly stake a claim to a starting place earlier this season.
He has gone on to make 17 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in central midfield, winning praise for his tackling, defensive positioning and tenacious attitude.
The loan move to Charlton was Coquelin’s third temporary switch away from the Gunners, and many believed he’d missed his chance to make a positive impression on Arsene Wenger.
But, although he had a disappointing performance against Reading in Arsenal’s 2-1 extra time win in the FA Cup semi-final, he’s been one of the club’s most consistent performers so far this season.
What do you think Arsenal fans - should Wenger stick with Coquelin next season or look to bring in an international midfielder like Schneiderlin or Bender?