Francis Coquelin: Why I always knew I could do a job for Arsenal

Francis Coquelin insists that he always had faith that he could break into Arsenal's first team

Francis Coquelin insists that he was always confident that he could become the holding midfielder Arsenal have been crying out for in recent seasons.

The French midfielder was named man of the match as Arsenal secured a battling 1-0 win at Burnley on Saturday thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s first-half opener.

Coquelin has been in fine form for Arsenal in recent weeks and helped the north London side notch up their eighth successive Premier League win this weekend.

And the 24-year-old midfielder insists that he always had faith in his ability after returning from his latest loan spell at Charlton.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Saturday’s win at Turf Moor, Coquelin said: “I always knew that I could do a job for the team, I just needed a chance to show it.

“The loan spell at Charlton really helped me get my confidence up. We have been winning games and playing well – we have the FA Cup semi-final coming up as well – we’ll just have to see where it all takes us.”

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Coquelin has made 13 Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far this season.

Saturday’s win moved Arsenal to within four points of leaders Chelsea, who take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Arsenal’s next game is their FA Cup semi-final clash with Reading at Wembley on Saturday.

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