Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Francis Coquelin is such an crucial player for Arsenal because he “brings something different”.
Coquelin has established himself as a regular starter for the Gunners since returning from a short loan with Charlton Athletic last Decemeber, but missed the wins at Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City with a swollen knee.
Arsene Wenger confirmed that Coquelin is back in full training ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League fixture against Olympiacos, and Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed how much his team-mates value the Frenchman.
"As long as he keeps doing that I’m sure he’s going to keep progressing as a player and helping this team"
“Francis has always been an amazing player,” the England midfielder said. “When you’re at a club like Arsenal, sometimes it can be hard to find opportunities but he’s someone who has a great attitude.
“Sometimes going out on loan can be hard for players to do but he’s gone out on loan, proved himself by playing well then came back and took his opportunity. He’s someone that I love having in the team.
“When I think about Arsenal I think he’s a massive vocal part of our team, and he proves that week after week and in training as well. Everything that he does is different to what a lot of the other boys in our team can do.
“I think that’s crucial to the team because he brings something different. As long as he keeps doing that I’m sure he’s going to keep progressing as a player and helping this team.”
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