Arsene Wenger has claimed that Francis Coquelin is Europe's best defensive midfielder, amid pressure to bolster his squad in the remaining days of the transfer window.

Coquelin, who spent a month on loan at Charlton Athletic last season, was criticised by Gary Neville for his performance in Monday's 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool - criticism that the French manager believes is unwarranted.

Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has been linked with a late switch to the Emirates, but Wenger has no plans of replacing his "great" compatriot.

"Coquelin has the best defensive statistics and numbers in Europe. You watch football like I watch football. I don't know what people see. Defensively, Coquelin is doing a great job," he told reporters.

"Look, I am not against opinion. People can say they don't think Arsenal is good enough. I accept that. But it is dangerous to say 'He will never be a player' — especially when the comment has come from people in football.

"It doesn't annoy me, but what is a concern is that it puts pressure on players. I believe that we are in a football job. People who have been in the game, I love that they go on television. But I would like them to help people to love football even more."

With Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini being the 24-year-old's only competition, Wenger was expected to strengthen his midfield options this summer, but goalkeeper Petr Cech remains the Gunners' only addition.

The window closes on September 1...


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