Frenchman will be at Arsenal until at least 2019
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has revealed his joy at signing a new deal with the Gunners following a sensational run in the first team.
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The Frenchman’s career in North London looked dead in the water when he was sent on-loan to Charlton Athletic earlier in the season, but following an emergency recall for midfield cover he has taken the Arsenal squad by storm.
The Gunners were desperate for a midfield enforcer and the 23 year old happily provided it with some exceptional performances, particularly away at Manchester City, adding some much needed steel and strength in front of the defence.
Now Coquelin says he’s eager to ensure he remains in the Arsenal first team.
“I’m really pleased, I’ve been here since 2008 so it feels like a second home for me,” Coquelin told Arsenal official website.
“It wasn’t really a tough decision, I have been here long enough and I know everyone here.
“Everyone makes me feel good every day, and hopefully there will be more good years to come as well.”
Coquelin has been a face known at Arsenal for years, but was seen as a youngster who failed to make the grade and was kept only in case of emergency.
His contract was even set to expire at the end of this season, but his new deal means he looks set to remain in north London until at least 2019.
“This is what is magic about football: one day you are unknown and the next day you are a bit bigger. I think the most important thing is to stay the same as I have been doing for the last few years,” Coquelin continued.
“If I stay the same I am not worried, I know I can help the team and hopefully I can do that in the coming years.”
Youngster Chuba Akpom has also signed a contract extension to keep him at the Emirates until 2020.