The Frenchman has turned his career at The Emirates on its head.
This morning Arsene Wenger confirmed that the club had agreed new deals with both Francis Coquelin and Chuba Akpom. For the former, it represents an incredible turnaround in fortunes. The French midfielder has now spoken about the new deal to Arsenal.com. He told the official site:
“I’m really pleased, I’ve been here since 2008 so it feels like a second home for me. It wasn’t really a tough decision, I have been here long enough and I know everyone here.
“Everyone makes me feel good every day, and hopefully there will be more good years to come as well.
“This is what is magic about football: one day you are unknown and the next day you are a bit bigger. I think the most important thing is to stay the same as I have been doing for the last few years.
“If I stay the same I am not worried, I know I can help the team and hopefully I can do that in the coming years.”
Coquelin has performed something of a small miracle in making his career at Arsenal work. Just a few months ago he was out on loan at Charlton Athletic with his contract expiring, now he is being dubbed the solution to Arsenal’s defensive midfield problems and he has a brand new deal.
Last season he was at Bundesliga side SC Freiburg where he struggled for form playing on the left-hand side of midfield.
But in a more central role his tenacity and speed have made him the perfect foil for the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil to express themselves further up the field.
At 23-years-old it seems as though Coquelin has finally found his niche and a long career at Arsenal now appears to beckon for the Frenchman.