RAM JUST LOVES COQ! Tough nut makes Gun­ners tick, says Aaron

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FRAN FAN: Aaron Ram­sey

has hailed the huge im­pact of Co­quelin AARON RAM­SEY has hailed Fran­cis Co­quelin as the mid­field en­forcer who has trans­formed Ar­se­nal’s sea­son.

Co­quelin has given the Gun­ners some much­needed steel in the mid­dle of the park since be­ing re­called from a loan spell at Charl­ton Ath­letic in De­cem­ber.

Since then, the young French­man has been in in­spired form – and has won more tack­les than any other player in the Pre­mier League.

That has given Arsene Wenger’s side the spine they were badly lack­ing dur­ing mid-sea­son – and set them on their way to a late chal­lenge for the ti­tle.

Ram­sey re­vealed he has been given the green light to get for­ward more, in the knowl­edge that Co­quelin is be­hind him do­ing the dirty work and crunch­ing into chal­lenges.

The Wales in­ter­na­tional said: “Fran­cis has been re­ally good for us since he’s come back here.

“He’s very ag­gres­sive and he doesn’t give the op­po­si­tion much time on the ball. That’s why he wins so many tack­les.

OP­TIONS: Arsene Wenger mid­field­ers and hav­ing an un­bal­anced squad.

But Ram­sey reck­ons that has fired up the fight for places in the first team and claims that, as a re­sult, the Gun­ners are now able to cope with what­ever is thrown at them.

He added: “There are a num­ber of play­ers who are more than ca­pa­ble of putting in good per­for­mances in the mid­dle and we have shown that with the num­ber of dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions we’ve had this sea­son.

“There’s a real fight for places and ev­ery­one is keep­ing each other on their toes. It’s good that we have that strength in depth now.”

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