The Frenchman has become a regular for Arsenal.
Perhaps the breakout star of last season was Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin. The Frenchman was recalled from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic after injuries in the Arsenal first-team and has not looked back.
He has been featuring in the holding midfield role ever since and earning rave plaudits ever since.
When it comes to playing holding mid at Arsenal however, the plaudits do not come higher than those from Gilberto Silva.
The Brazilian World Cup winner and Arsenal 'Invincible' has been talking to The Guardian this week where he revealed that he had told Arsene Wenger he could stand in for the Frenchman - before eloquently explaining the importance of Coquelin:
“I told him (Wenger) I was ready.”
“Since I left if I am not wrong Arsenal didn’t have a player to fill that role until him (Coquelin),”
“They had some other players in that position like Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, and before that Cesc Fàbregas. But not this type of player, the guy who holds the piano to let the others play. I hope he recovers well and in time to help Arsenal this season. They will need him for sure.”
Gilberto is considered by many to be one of Arsenal's greatest ever central midfielders and he won numerous honours during his six year stint with Arsenal after joining in the wake of his nations World Cup win in 2002.
So for Coquelin to get his thumbs up is a massive seal of approval regarding his future prospects in the Arsenal first-team fold.