After many years at the club, Francis Coquelin has finally broken into the first team at Arsenal. The Frenchman has highlighted the importance of his loan spells during that time, and he claims his time in Germany was particularly important, as reported by the Express.
The defensive midfielder has really shone since being recalled from his loan at Charlton earlier in the season, and has quickly become a vital part of the team.
He looks to be the kind of player we have been missing for a number of seasons, and he was right under our nose the entire time.
Coquelin pinpointed the turning point in his career, and stressed that his time in the Bundesliga was a real learning experience.
“[Going out on loan] has been really important for me,” he said.
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“I have been out a few times in France, in Germany and in England.
“The period in Germany helped me a lot, it was a tough, tough experience mentally and that was a turning point in my career. I’m happy I went there and learned a lot.
“It has been a few exciting months for me [recently]. I have come back from Charlton, gone into the team as a sub and now I’m in the starting XI, so I am really pleased with things at the minute.
“[January] was a big part of my career. It was the first time I played so many games in a row so I could show game by game what I could do. It was a big month for me with the wins we got and everything was positive.”
The 23-year-old is no doubt the main reason Arsene Wenger opted not to dip into the market for a defensive midfielder this January, and his form has even earned him a new contract. His new deal will keep him at the club until 2019, and hopefully he continue in his current vein throughout his time at the Emirates.