Francis Coquelin has been key to our success in the second half of the season, and Arsene Wenger believes he knows the reason for the young Frenchman’s revival at the Emirates, according to the Guardian.
The manager believes Coquelin has found where he belongs at Arsenal, and has honed his skills as an out-and-out defensive midfielder as opposed to a jack of all trades.
“He was a bit in between [being in] the playmaking position and a box-to-box player, he is not that – he’s a sitting player who can win the ball. He [has now] restricted his game to that and you make success in life with what you’re good at.”
The 23-year-old has been superb since being recalled from his loan at Charlton Athletic, and looks to be the sort of player we have missed since the days of Gilberto Silva or even Patrick Vieira.
Wenger believes that his young compatriot may be the long term solution to our midfield frailty, and even suggested that we may not need to reinforce the position in the summer.
“Yes of course [he could be the long term solution], like anybody else, of course. I will wait until the end of the season to see how well things go and where we are. He does the job well.”
Even if Coquelin does prove to be a long term remedy for our midfield maladies, it would be suicide not to bring another player in that mould to the club at the end of the season.
With Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta struggling this campaign, we are one injury away from a crisis. This is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately, and I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to see a top quality defensive midfielder brought in this summer.