Francis Coquelin is the key to a successful Arsenal future

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Sunday's Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Chelsea was nothing new and certainly wasn't one for the neutrals.

A draw was a fair result from a game which lacked the spark necessary to explode into life.

We learned that with all Chelsea's spending and big-name quality players they still will retort to a negative, do not lose mentality.

What we also learned was that Arsenal with a couple of new additions to their squad in the summer are ready to win the Premier League in 2015/16.

One such position, however, which does not require a make over is the defensive midfield role, which has been filled by the remarkable Francis Coquelin.

Coquelin has surprised everyone

As an Arsenal youngster, Arsene Wenger always had hopes for the midfield enforcer; however, as Wenger will admit to himself, Coquelin's performances of late have come as a welcome surprise. 

Coquelin has exactly what is needed for the role he is asked to perform. He is athletic, physical and smart. Previous seasons have seen the defensive midfield role taken up by the likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, whom both are not up to the task.

The pace and physicality of the Premier League is by far in a way too advanced for both players who are in their early to mid thirties. Coquelin, 23, has the right attributes to suppress oncoming attacks and quick paced counter attacks.

Up until Sunday's match with Chelsea, Arsenal had undergone an eight-game winning streak, which arguably Coquelin has been the pivotal player.

Since his emergence as an enforcer and ball winner the talk of a weak Arsenal spine has been laid to rest. Coquelin before the Chelsea game had made an incredible 31 more tackles and interceptions than any other player in the Premier League.

Big-name signings not always the answer

This stat is quite astonishing considering the player had been sent on loan to Charlton Athletic in the Championship and deemed surplus to this seasons requirements by Wenger.

What this shows is that trusting in youth and not giving into the pressure of medias and fans to sign a "big name" marquee signing has benefits to reap.

Wenger has proven over the years that loyalty to the academy and selecting players solely on their ability is the way forward for the game which seems all too interested in the big money transfers. It may not be the popular choice, but for purists of the game it is a pleasure to know that not every manager will adhere to the status quo.

It is refreshing to know that given the right circumstances, faith in young players will be rewarded. Arsenal certainly have the money to splash on a big name signing but when fans actually stop and take in the numbers and stats surely they will realise that Arsenal are in the best position they have been in ten years to create a new future, a future of success, done the right way.

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