Arsenal star Francis Coquelin lifts lid on life-changing Arsenal Wenger phone call
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin discusses his chat with Arsene Wenger after his trial at Gunners
Francis Coquelin has lifted the lid on his life-changing phone call with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has become a key part of the Arsenal side over the past 11 months after he broke into the first-team in late December after a loan spell at Charlton Athletic.
The French midfielder initially joined the north London side on trial in 2007 aged 16 before Coquelin returned to France with his low expectations of a return to the Gunners.
However, Coquelin revealed how he received the call from Wenger during a class at school after having starred for French side Stade Lavelloise.
“I can’t remember what the lesson was, but I could feel my phone vibrating in my pocket and I had a quick look when the teacher wasn’t looking and saw a weird number,” Coquelin told Arsenal’s website.
“I left it but in the break I saw I had a voicemail and it was the boss.
“He said he was really pleased with what I had done [on trial] and would really like me to come to the club.
“In France, everyone recognises his voice because he commentates on the national team’s games, so I made my friend listen to the message and they said, ‘Yes, that’s Wenger! This is crazy!’ It was something strange. Everyone came and listened one at a time, and that message was probably played a good 30 times!”
The Arsenal midfielder has featured in 11 Premier League games for the north London side this season.
The Gunners are level on points with leaders Manchester City after a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Coquelin has also played four games in the Champions League.