Francis Coquelin: I never doubted I could succeed at Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has become an important first-team regular.

Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has told reporters for the Mirror that he never doubted he would be a success at the Emirates stadium.

The French midfielder spent the first couple of months of the current campaign on loan at Championship outfit Charlton Athletic, starting five games for the Addicks.

He was out of Arsene Wenger’s plans, so much that the Gunners boss admitted to the The Sun recently he contemplated allowing Coquelin to leave the club at the end of the season.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign and a host of fellow players blocking his path to a first-team spot at the Emirates, the future in North London looked bleak for 23-year-old.

However, a surprise inclusion in the starting XI for the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Manchester City has parted the way for a regular berth in Wenger’s midfield and a subsequent contract extension.

For many Premier League observers, it has been the biggest shock to take place at the Emirates Stadium this season, but Coquelin in contrast reveals that he never lost faith.

“I never got the chance to have a run of games at Arsenal but the manager has given it to me now and I can show what I am capable of,” Coquelin explained.

“This is not to be big-headed, but I always had confidence so I knew I could do good things.

“He has given me the chance and now I can show it. That’s how football goes, sometimes you’re down, and sometimes you’re up. You need to grab your chance when it comes. That’s how it has been with me.

“Sometimes you think it might be the end - and suddenly you get another four-year deal. So I’m really pleased with it. But it’s not finished, I just want to carry on improving and do my best for the team and the club.”

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