Francis Coquelin has been superb since being recalled from his loan at Charlton Athletic, and revealed on Arsenal Player that the Championship side had a huge part to play in his successful return to the Emirates.
The Frenchman has been a mainstay in midfield since his return, and has added a real sense of discipline and defensive stability to the side.
In a recent interview he commented on the bizarre nature of his resurgence at the club, and claims he didn’t expect it at all.
“It’s weird because the way it happened was so sudden, so I didn’t expect it,” he said.
“I trained with the team all week and on Monday I was going to see the Charlton manager with a few other people about a change of formation.
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“He explained what he wanted me to do and told me I would be a big part of the formation.
“Then on the Thursday night, I was at home watching tv and got the call from Arsenal. That’s football and you just need to take it.
“I felt a little bit bad about Charlton because we had trained all week, were ready for the game and it was so sudden.
“It’s part of football and my [focus] went to the Newcastle game as soon as Arsenal called me. I tried to give my best when I came on.”
The 23-year-old had plenty of kind words for the Valiants, and thanked them for the opportunity. He revealed that the game time afforded to him by former Charlton boss Bob Peteers really helped build his fitness, and meant he was ready to take the field for Arsenal when called upon.
“Without Charlton, I probably wouldn’t be here because I wasn’t performing that well but they gave me the chance to play and I wasn’t out of fitness when I came back. I think that helped me a lot,” he continue.
Let’s just hope his fitness can be kept up for the remainder of the season, and that he can continue in this current vein of form.