The FA cup competition has not always been kind to the Arsenal midfield star Francis Coquelin. His first FA cup start was back in 2010 and Coquelin endured a tough game at right back and was subbed by Arsene Wenger as Arsenal went on to lose the game to Stoke City.
It was much kinder to him last season though, and the Frenchman must be very glad that he was recalled from the loan spell at Charlton before they could use him in the competition, because he went on to play in all five of Arsenal’s cup games including a brilliant performance from the start in the final against Aston Villa.
That was the young defensive midfielder’s first trophy at senior level and while he was delighted at the time, Coquelin has told the Arsenal website that he is far from satisfied with this and the Community Shield medals. In fact the 24-year old insists that he is hungrier than ever and is determined to add to his honours and I get the feeling that even another FA cup trophy at the end of this season will not be enough.
Coquelin said, “It was my first major trophy with the club so I don’t want to sleep on this. I’m still hungry, even hungrier, and I want more, like everyone else at the club. The players are really stepping up and really want this silverware.
“It was a great moment but you need a little bit of the magic of the FA Cup to come back before the memories come back. When it does start, people will be looking at the pictures of themselves with the trophies and thinking that we need to hold it for a third time.
“What is nice is that the first round of the competition is at home and that’s great for the fans. It’s always going to be tough against Sunderland. They gave us a difficult game a couple of weeks ago, so we know it will be tough.
“They’re going to want to beat the champions as well, so they will be really, really motivated and beating us could give them a boost in their season as well. Everyone will be prepared for it.
“I don’t know if anyone’s ever held the FA Cup three times in a row before but it would mean something big for the club. We want to win any trophy so if we can get this one, we will.”
Unfortunately for us and for the player himself, Coquelin will not be able to help Arsenal begin the defence of the famous old cup. He is very unlikely to be ready for the next round at the end of January either but hopefully the Gunners will still be in the draw for the 5th round near the end of February and then, with Coquelin bossing the midfield again, will Arsenal be set for more than one trophy this season?