Francis Coquelin says he was always confident he could flourish in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old was playing for Arsenal Under-21s at the start of the season before joining Championship side Charlton Athletic for first-team experience.
Since being recalled in December, Coquelin has made a big impression as he has made the most interceptions and won the most duels in the top flight.
"I knew I could do good things and he’s given me the chance, so now I can show it"
“I never got the chance to have the run of games,” the midfielder explained. “The manager gave it to me and I can show for the first time what I’m capable of.
“It’s not to be big-headed, but I’ve always had confidence in myself. I knew I could do good things and he’s given me the chance, so now I can show it.
“Every footballer has been asked questions. Sometimes you’re down, sometimes you’re up and you need to grab your chance when it comes. That’s what happened with me, I’m very happy with it and I’m trying to keep my place in the team.
“We’ve got a lot to fight for. We’ve got a big game in the Champions League and we need to try and turn that one around. Everything is possible in football.
"The most important thing is that we’ve rebuilt our confidence now and we can go there and to Manchester full of confidence to try to get a result.”
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