Wenger has gone into detail over why he thinks Coquelin is a good fit for the sitting position in front of Arsenal’s defence, advising him to focus on the core qualities in his game in that position.
“He was in between the playmaking position and the box-to-box player and he is not that. He is a sitting player who can win the ball,” said Wenger.
“He has restricted his game to that and you make success in life with what you’re good at - I think he can do that job. He is doing it now.”
Coquelin has shown glimpses of the potential he has in terms of being a defensive midfielder for Arsenal already this season.
He was superb in the game away at Manchester City. He gave the midfield something in that game they have been missing for some time; a real feisty and aggressive player, commanding a presence and respect across the middle of the team.
His issue is consistency. If he can produce the same sort of performance he showed at City over the rest of the season, he can keep his position in the side long term.
He may also make Wenger’s life easier in terms of the transfer market, because he won’t have a need to go out and invest in a holding midfielder, because he’s already got one who can do a job effectively for the side.
He’s an exciting player and if Wenger can work to refine his game effectively, Arsenal fans can sit back and watch the benefits unfold before them.