Bellerin names Arsenal player he'd most like to have on his side in training


Hector Bellerin has outlined the attributes that make Francis Coquelin his ideal training ground teammate.

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has named Francis Coquelin as the teammate he'd most like to have on his side in training.

The Gunners boast some of the best footballers in world football, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil costing a combined £77.5m, according to the Independent.

However, it's Bellerin's fellow academy graduate Coquelin who got the nod from the Spaniard, when quizzed by Four Four Two.

"I think probably Francis Coquelin [is the player he'd choose]. He's that kind of player that in training, games, even if we're playing head tennis he'll give everything.

"He'll be always on his toes, always be doing the right kind of thing - that's the player that I'd have in my team."

The pair have emerged as regulars in Arsene Wenger's first team these past 12 months, having benefitted from injuries to other players in their positions.

Such is the success of Bellerin, Arsenal allowed Mathieu Debuchy to join Bordeaux on loan in January, while Coquelin's form saw Wenger ignore calls to sign a new defensive midfield player last summer.

Coquelin looked to have no future at the Emirates Stadium when he was shipped out to Championship side Charlton Athletic in November 2014.

However, since his return to north London the following month, the Frenchman has failed to appear in only one of the Gunners' league matches, when fit.

Arsenal rewarded Coquelin with a new four-and-a-half-year-contract in February 2015.

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