Francis Coquelin has signed a new Arsenal contract, according to the Sun.
The French defensive midfielder has had a stunning rise up the pecking order, earning his chance thanks to injuries to Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, and proving that he belongs in the team with a series of commanding displays.
Now 23 years-old, Coquelin has really come of age, having signed for us as a teenager and perhaps failed to progress as much as we would have liked over the past few seasons.
Loan spells followed, and the Frenchman even dropped a league to gain first team football at Charlton Athletic earlier this campaign.
The regular selection helped, and Coquelin’s performance against Manchester City particularly was what Arsenal fans have been crying out for for years.
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A new deal is richly deserved, and the Sun report that the anchor man has agreed terms on a £40,000 per week four year contract.
Flamini and Arteta’s deals both expire at the end of the season too, and while the Spaniard has been a valuable asset for us and may well stay on – according to Sky Sports, he has signed a new deal already – it may be appropriate to call time on Flamini’s second stint at Emirates Stadium.
Coquelin, with his finger pointing, yelling and organisational play, appears his heir apparent.
UPDATE: Arsene Wenger has told Sky Sports journalist Pete O’Rourke that the deal is not quite finalised, but is almost there.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also confirmed a deal to extend Francis Coquelin’s contract at the club is “99 per cent there”. #AFC
— Pete O’Rourke (@SportsPeteO) January 30, 2015