Francis Coquelin says that his recent loan spell with Charlton Athletic has helped him prepare for the physical demands of the Premier League.
Coquelin was recalled early to Arsenal from the Championship side as Arsene Wenger faced a selection crisis in midfield due to injuries and has played in all seven of our games since his return.
The 23-year-old only spent a month at the Valley, but believes that this time away from the Emirates Stadium has helped him improve as a player.
“It’s been a couple of exciting months for me,” the 23-year-old told the club’s website.
“I’ve been out on loan to Charlton and that was a good experience for me. Now I’m back at Arsenal and playing again, so I’m enjoying it.
“The Championship is a tough league. Maybe technically the Premier League is a little bit better but in terms of power, engagement in duels and challenges, I think the Championship is a very tough league. It helped me come back to the Premier League.”
Coquelin first arrived in North London back in 2008, joining out academy from Stade Laval and initially breaking into the first team a year later.
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However, since then the midfielder has spent time away on-loan with Lorient and Freiburg – as well as more recently Charlton – and as a result has managed just 51 appearances for us in all competitions to date.