Arsenal have confirmed that young French midfielder Francis Coquelin has signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates after a successful first half of the season which has seen him progress from Reserve team status to valuable and versatile first team squad member.
The 20-year-old, who moved to England in 2008 from Stade Lavallois, was handed starting berths against both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the centre of the park earlier in the season but has since been pressed into action in in the full-back positions as Arsene Wenger shuffles his squad in the face of injuries.
Speaking to the official matchday programme ahead of last night’s FA Cup showdown with Leeds, the dynamic midfielder spoke openly about his love for the Gunners.
“It’s a very big club and I’ve always wanted to succeed here. I’m getting games, I’m training with great players and working with great staff. I’d love my future to be here.
“Things have been really good for me recently. In October and November I had to be patient because the team was doing really well and there weren’t many injuries – when the team is winning the manager will keep things the same.
“But I’ve had some chances of late and I’m taking them when they come, whether at right-back, left-back or midfield. Obviously I see myself as a midfielder but everyone knows the quality we have there at the moment so I’m just doing whatever I can.”
Ever since Coquelin made his debut as a skinny 17-year-old Arseblog News has felt him a natural successor to the energy and determination of the long-departed Mathieu Flamini. That he has signed a new deal is terrific news both for him and the club.
Here’s to a lot more Coq in the future.