Arsenal’s defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has praised his team mates and believes he still has much to learn from them before he will reach his potential.
The Frenchman has been with the Gunners since 2008 and has steadily made more appearances over the past few seasons including 21 outings in all competitions this campaign. His future had been cast in some doubt last season with growing frustrations over a lack of playing time, however his latest comments suggest he is happy learning and plying his trade in North London.
Coquelin told Arsenal’s Official Website:
I am improving every day and hopefully in a few years I will be at my maximum. But I still look at the players around me and realise that there is so much to learn.
I look at Mikel Arteta’s positioning and passing; at Abou Diaby and even players not in my position like Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere. What Jack is doing at his age is unbelievable.
You want to impress everyone, from the manager to all the people watching you, to your team-mates and even your family. Every time I am on the pitch I just try to be as good as possible.
It has been a mixed season for Coquelin with both impressive and less-so performances, however mainly positive. There were a couple of occasions when he was called upon from the bench to produce some composure in midfield but failed to do so, but largely he is a decent player that has the potential to fill the defensive void of Alex Song. The main attribute that Arsenal’s midfield requires is defensive steel – something Arteta fails to produce as he is not a natural defensive minded midfielder, however he does add slick passing and composure which is a necessary component.
Coquelin has the ability to add this to the Gunners and he is a more than able, versatile player that can fill in at right back if required. It is easy to forget that he is only 21-years-old as he has been around for sometime, but the future looks bright for the Frenchman if he remains in Arsenal colours.