Francis Coquelin is deservedly being praised for his recent performances in an Arsenal shirt, with his role during our 2-0 win over Manchester City particularly impressive.
Arsene Wenger has certainly recognised the 23-year-old’s contributions at the club, and was speaking on Arsenal Player about how important he is to the side.
The young Frenchman is looking like the kind of player we have been crying out for for years, and has clearly matured into a top quality midfielder.
Wenger looks to be keeping faith with his compatriot this season, and it seems as though a defensive midfielder is no longer on his wish list as we approach the end of the January transfer window.
“Francis is contributing to the team well at the moment and he has shown that he has matured through difficulties,” he said.
“I kept patience with him because I saw his talent and also because I give a huge importance to people who have been educated at the club and who have been brought up together because they know what the club means.
“When you have six or seven players in the squad who think this is the club they want to be at, of course this gives us strength and brings stability to the team.”
It’s fantastic to have players who have been with us for years, as it breeds loyalty at the club. If Coquelin does stay beyond this season he will join fellow academy products Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs, and Hector Bellerin, and we will have a core of players who have grown up playing the Arsenal way.