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Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal’s ‘new Coquelin’ after Sunderland cup performance

The Costa Rican forward put in a fine display for the Gunners against Sunderland on Saturday, scoring one goal and assisting another to help the FA Cup holders progress to the fourth round.

A fringe player for much of his time at the Emirates Stadium, Campbell was loaned out to Villarreal last January after he failed to make an impact at Arsenal through the first half of the 2014/15 season.

But after a spate of injuries in the first team Campbell has finally been granted a run of games in Wenger’s side and the 23-year-old has made clear improvements in his game.

Wenger compared Campbell’s situation to Francis Coquelin’s last season, when the French midfielder was also given a chance to play due to injuries and he established himself as a crucial player in the centre of the Arsenal midfield.

“He is kind of in Coquelin’s position last year,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Nobody expected him to do well and now he is taking his place in the team and he is ready to fight for the position and he is efficient.

“I agree that he is playing with confidence. That comes out of his game. Compare one month ago to today, he believes he belongs there and has a right to play.”

10/01/16

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