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Villarreal midfielder Coquelin: Emery has proved PSG and Arsenal wrong

Villarreal midfielder Francis Coquelin is happy playing for coach Unai Emery.

It was Arsene Wenger who brought Coquelin to Arsenal in 2008 and another Gunners manager in Emery who has now taken his career to another level aged 30.

"They are two men that love football, two great managers," he told the Daily Mail. "They both focus on details and they see everything. I was so young when I got to Arsenal so Arsene Wenger was like a second father. And I'm still learning here at Villarreal."

Does he still hear Arsene's voice guiding him?

"Well to be fair Arsene was not someone who was talking a lot," he says. "If you wanted to talk to him you had to go and knock his door. But with eye contact alone you knew if he was happy with you or not."

Should Arsenal have persisted longer with Emery as Wenger's long term replacement?

"Not just Arsenal look at Paris Saint Germain," Coquelin says. "They are not doing any better than when he was there. Unfortunately we don't have patience with managers. He deserves huge credit with all the clubs he has been at."

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