After being recalled early from his loan deal with Charlton Athletic due to an injury crisis in midfield, Francis Coquelin has been a mainstay in the starting XI and has shown good form.
As a result of this the Independent reports that Arsenal are getting ready to offer the Frenchman an extension to his contract – with his current deal expiring in the summer.
Coquelin is free to discuss terms with foreign clubs having entered the final six months of his contract, but Arsene Wenger is pretty determined to keep the 23-year-old at the Emirates Stadium – and with good reason.
This is because the midfielder has played eight matches in all competition since his return from the Valley and has looked solid as the holding player we have so desperately lacked for much of this season.
Coquelin’s best performance to date was probably during the 2-0 Premier League victory over Manchester City on Sunday, with the midfield rock required to give a sturdy display in a very un-Wenger-like display.
The French star has added some real grit to the middle of the park and his physique has greatly changed since he first broke into the first team way back in 2009 – when he actually played as a right-back against Stoke City in the FA Cup.