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Arsenal great Pires heaps praise on Vieira-like Coquelin

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes Francis Coquelin is the combative midfielder Arsene Wenger needs.

?The Frenchman has been impressive in the defensive midfield position for the Gunners since returning from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic and Pires suggests he can be the man to lead them to a confidence-boosting victory in the FA Cup quarter-final over Manchester United on Monday night.

?"Coquelin is a good player. He's really important for Wenger and the team. I believe a lot in him. He has a good future," Pires told The Express.

"He's better defensively than their other midfielders - a warrior type. He puts more aggression into the position and that's important.

"He's more like a Patrick Vieira or Ray Parlour. He will be important at Old Trafford because he is No1 in the tackle.

"This is a good opportunity for him to prove himself. It is a tough game. You need to play hard. But I believe in him.

?"He has a good mentality and he's a strong player. He works so hard and he's clever with his movement too."?

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