Francis Coquelin says that the team spirit at Arsenal is helping them achieve results even with a plethora of first team players out injured.
The French midfielder is one of the casualties, sidelined until late February with a knee ligament complaint, but he’s hailed the performances of Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini who have taken up the baton in his stead.
With Santi Cazorla also injured, it’s meant a new midfield partnership, and Coquelin believes that everyone pitching in to help offset the absences plays a part in recent results.
“If someone gets injured, the spirit in the squad is really good,” he told the official site.
“As soon as someone comes in, they put a shift in and you can see that even when we lose a lot of players, because the team is still really strong. That’s really good for what we want to achieve, to win the title, so it’s great to be able to count on everyone.
“The good thing is that everyone gets along with each other in the squad and that makes a lot of things easier.
“When you go to tell someone off, you do it and everyone takes it in a good way. We all want to go in the same direction.”
And he spoke about Ramini taking over from Cazcoq, saying, “It’s a good partnership. Aaron is a little bit more offensive. Mathieu was getting forward a bit more compared to what he did in the first games he played, but against Manchester City he showed a lot of discipline to play really well.
“He’s really important in big games and they both showed great quality, which is really good for the next game coming up.”