Coquelin: Liverpool clash is massive for Arsenal

The Gunners midfielder believes a win over their top-four rivals would set the north London club on their way to a Champions League place

Francis Coquelin has admitted that Arsenal’s game with Liverpool is “massive” as both clubs attempt to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s side take on the Reds in Saturday’s early kick-off looking to move nine points clear of their opponents in the race for the top four.

And the 23-year-old believes an Arsenal victory would put the club in a great position as the season nears its conclusion.

“I can’t say definitely [that the race would be over if Arsenal win] because mathematically it won’t be over, so I can’t say that, but yes we see a lot of confidence in us because over the last few months we have had some big results and if we can beat Liverpool it will be another massive one,” said Coquelin in an interview with BT Sport.

“We obviously want to win this game you know, it’s a massive one, really important and we can increase the gap to nine points if we win so yes, I think it’s really important.

The Frenchman has impressed in defensive midfield since coming into the team in December, with many fans likening him to his compatriot and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

Asked about the comparison and whether he could be the Gunners’ long-term replacement for their former captain, Coquelin said:  “I’m not going to say to you I am, obviously I want to be but I think it’s down to the performance I put in every week so I’m just trying to give me best every game so hopefully I can do that in the long term.”

See the full interview with Francis Coquelin on ‘Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav’ from 10am this Saturday on BT Sport 1. Guests include Ian Wright, Harry Redknapp, Piers Morgan and Michael Owen. 

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