Francis Coquelin was angry with Arsene Wenger for calling him back from loan earlier in the season, according to the Daily Star.
The 23-year-old struggled throughout his early years at Arsenal, and never really looked like breaking into the first team.
He has been a revelation since returning to the Emirates however after his spell at Charlton Athletic this term, and it’s now hard to see how we ever coped without him.
Mathieu Flamini has looked a shadow of his former self this season, and Mikel Arteta has spent much of the campaign sidelined with injury. This has given Coquelin the chance to cement his place in the starting XI, and he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
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He was actually upset with Wenger for recalling him from Charlton though, as he was convinced he would be spending most of his time on the bench – playing second fiddle to the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, and Mathieu Flamini.
“He wasn’t happy when I called him back,” Wenger said.
“He played at Charlton and he thought I just called him back as cover.
“On that front, I think he has gone through a lot of doubt and has questioned himself, being many times discouraged that he doesn’t get a chance.
“Now that he has a chance he doesn’t want to let it slip away.
“He is a winner and he wants to win – that’s why he is so committed.”
After missing a dominant defensive midfielder for so long, it seems the player we needed was right under our noses the whole time.
We may still need to strengthen in the position this summer, but he has gone a long way towards alleviating our midfield woes at least in the short term.