Francis Coquelin has had a whirlwind season at the club, and wants to take advantage of the chance to lift his first piece of silverware since his arrival at the age of 17, The Telegraph reports.
Coquelin was very much in the dead-wood bracket; players who we’ve been lumbered with due to their long-term contracts despite having no future at the club.
The Frenchman was recalled from his loan spell at Charlton in December though, and in a matter of weeks became our most important player.
We had been desperate for a specialist defensive midfielder for a number of years, and to find one right underneath our noses was sensational.
Coquelin has arguably become the first name on the team sheet since his return, and should expect a starting spot against Aston Villa at Wembley.
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“I want to win trophies with this club. We have got a good chance next week to get a trophy – a first trophy for me. I have been here since I was 17. If I could stay here all my career I would love it, too. This is the dream,” he said.
Despite his rise to prominence however, we should be looking to strengthen the holding midfield position. Becoming heavily dependent on one player has been one of our mistakes in the past, and in order for us to make ground in the Premier League title race those bad habits must be overcome.
Should Coquelin lose form or – rather inevitably as it’s Arsenal – suffer an injury, we would be back to square one and desperately lacking options in that area.
Arsene Wenger must put personal loyalty to players aside and look to build a squad