ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: Francis Coquelin of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on March 8, 2015 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Francis Coquelin

“At First I Was Afraid” – Coquelin Makes Shocking Revelation About Xhaka

There is currently much talk about Theo Walcott’s resurgence at Arsenal but Coquelin has been a high-flier for us from the beginning of this term.

Coquelin picked up a knee injury in our game against Chelsea and he has said that he was scared that his knee was damaged significantly.

The injury was sustained in the same place where he was injured last season, and Coquelin  did fear the worst after making the initial challenge.

“When you make these kinds of tackles, and this happened before against West Brom, you are a bit scared,” he said. “It was a similar tackle to then.

“The good thing was that I could run back on to the pitch afterwards, even if I couldn’t stay on for long. The scan which followed was all positive so that was great news.

“It took me a few weeks to get back to full fitness, but now I feel good.”

The midfielder could come back into the starting XI against Ludogorets tonight, and despite the fact there’s such competition in that area of the pitch he says that’s a fact of life at a big club.

Asked if he was worried the arrival of Granit Xhaka might impact on his playing time, he said, “Let’s not forget we are Arsenal Football Club, and there’s always going to be great quality in the squad.

“You have to be ready for a fight. I think it’s good for me as well to improve my game and to give even more in training and in the game. It can only improve the whole squad.”

Can’t fault that attitude.


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