Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he wants Francis Coquelin to establish himself as a key member of his squad.
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder was recalled from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic last month due to the current injury problems at the Gunners.
Coquelin has been given chances by Wenger since his return to the Emirates Stadium, and the Frenchman has done relatively well, creating two chances and having a pass accuracy of 85% in five Premier League appearances, while winning 55% of the duels.
Wenger has now stated that he wants his compatriot to remain part of Arsenal for years to come.
“I want him to have a future here,” Arsenal’s official website quotes Wenger as saying. “It’s always very difficult, because you want to have a big squad.
“But when you have a big squad, it means that many players are not playing and all the players who are not playing are impatient, frustrated and want to play.
“He is one of the players who has gone through difficult times, but he kept his focus, worked very hard and I hope he will be rewarded for that.”
Coquelin has been on the books of Arsenal since 2008, but he has never really been rated as someone who could become a truly great player.
The fact that the Frenchman is 23 and until last month was considered surplus to requirements at Arsenal proves that.
However, Coquelin could prove to be the solution to Arsenal’s defensive midfield problem. If he has a good season - or what’s left of it - for the Gunners and develops, then he is certainly going to be in Wenger’s plans for the 2015-16 campaign.