As a defensive midfielder, Coquelin plays for the English Premier League club Arsenal. He has been a revelation ever since coming back from loan at Charlton, establishing himself as one of the top defensive players in the Premier League. Manager
Arsene Wengerhas publicly displayed his shock of the sudden impact Coquelin has brought since returning from loan, being quoted in the Guardian that Coquelin could be a "long-term solution". He is a French youth international having earned caps for from the under-17s to the under-21s as he played a key role in France winning the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.
He began his career playing for AS Laval Bourny before departing in 2005 for Stade Lavallois.
He was born to a white mother and a Senegalese father in Laval, France.