Arsene Wenger has detailed the events which led to Francis Coquelin’s rise to stardom at the club with the midfielder now becoming one of our most important players, the club’s official website reports.
Coquelin was recalled from a loan spell at Charlton earlier on this campaign and after making his first start against West Ham on Boxing Day, he hasn’t looked back.
In fact, as a team, his inclusion has impacted heavily on our results as we’ve only lost two games in all competitions since New Year’s Day.
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Wenger highlights Coquelin’s realisation of his qualities as the reasons behind his meteoric rise.
“We went into the first game and I didn’t start him,” the boss recalled following the midfielder’s recall.
“Then we went to West Ham United and I started him. He was surprised because we played at home against QPR and I didn’t play him, but I did away at West Ham.
“Since then, he has not moved out of the team because he sticks to what he is strong at – winning the ball and using it well. What is also surprising is that he’s very good in the air because he has a very good leap.”
Despite his form however, we are constantly linked with various moves for holding midfielders across Europe this summer. This could be down to the future of our other crop of midfielders rather than Coquelin’s immediate future.
Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are out of contract this summer and relying on one holding midfielder has been a hinderance in the past.
Hopefully Wenger and his backroom staff recognise that we need a number of options in each position in order to finally deliver the Premier League title.