Arsenal will reward Francis Coquelin’s hugely monumental career turnaround with a fresh contract package, the Mirror reports.
The 23-year old has captivated the awe of many a gooner since returning abruptly from his short loan spell at Charlton to become the defender and protector of the Arsenal rearguard. Long-term injuries to Mikel Arteta and Wilshere, as well as the absences of Flamini and Ramsey has handed the France Youth star a long run in the team since December and after being solid and impressive in all bar none, Wenger will move boldly to give him the chance to forge an Arsenal career.
Coquelin’s is on a deal which would expire at the end of this season but it is already clear that he has enough in him to require the club to make him an offer to stay. Barely 8 weeks ago, he seemed to be surplus to requirements but the absences of the usual midfielders has seen him throw up the greatest surprise the Emirates has seen since a similar conversion turned Alex Song from painful-to-watch to painful-to-lose.
Successive impressive performances against Hull and Stoke this year were deemed as good for his confidence but City away was billed as his big test, one which he smashed with distinction. Though not as big as the dream defensive midfielder, Coquelin got himself in the face of City’s danger man David Silva and never let anything or anyone pass by him. In an Arsenal team accused of lacking leaders and speakers, Coquelin made a good stew of coordinative and commanding abilities to see Wenger’s team through one of the best Arsenal performances for as long as folks can remember against a big team away from home. It was the kind of a performance that would turn a player’s career around and surely, it cannot be the same again for Coquelin.
Whatever the terms will be, it must be enough to give him sufficient encouragement to believe that further improvement will be duly acknowledged and rewarded. He clearly has the ability of a defensive midfielder and though without the monstrous physical outlook to match, he can still enjoy three years to perfect himself to the exalted height where everyone has unanimously placed Chelsea’s 26-year old Nemanja Matic.
It should not prevent Wenger from still being on the lookout for other options to provide him more competition although it must be clear now that he should be regarded as the obvious Number 1, ahead of both Flamini and captain Arteta, whenever he returns.
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