Francis Coquelin admits last season was 'something special' alongside teammate

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin admits last season's partnership with Santi Cazorla was 'something special'.

The former Charlton loanee came in from the cold at the Emirates Stadium but quickly impressed with a number of eye-catching performances – notably in the win over Manchester City at the Etihad.

In becoming a regular in the first team under Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman also formed a formidable pairing alongside Cazorla at the heart of the side.


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Coquelin claims it's 'easy' to play alongside someone as good as the Spaniard, but was quick to point out that there are a number of great players at the club and he's happy to play with any of them as and when required.

“It is easy to play alongside Santi because he is such a great player. We had a good chemistry last season, but there are many great players at this club that we can all play with each other,” he told Arsenal player.

“That is the great thing about this squad; anyone can play and we can still get a result.

“Last season with Santi was something special because we got a lot of praise, but the most important thing is that no matter who plays, we can get the result.”

Coquelin has started both Premier League games for Arsenal so far this season – defeat to West Ham and victory at Crystal Palace – and is again expected to be in the line-up when Liverpool make the trip to north London tomorrow.

But, with plenty of depth available in the position, he could partner Aaron Ramsey or Mikel Arteta if Wenger wants to make changes to the side that beat the Eagles.

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