Francis Coquelin says he’s a long way from being the player he believes he can become but stressed that he’s improving every day by training with his Arsenal teammates.
The French under-21 international, who has amassed 903 minutes of playing time from 21 appearances this term, spent much of the first half of the season as the first choice back-up to Mikel Arteta but with competition from Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby has been limited to one Premier League appearance since the start of 2013.
Seemingly patient, despite the desire to play more regularly, Coquelin accepts that he has much to learn.
“I am improving every day and hopefully in a few years I will be at my maximum,” Coquelin told Arsenal Player. “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.”
Arseblog News certainly likes Coq but at 21 he’s not getting any younger. Even though he signed a new long-term contract in January 2012 you can’t help but wonder how long he’ll accept sitting on the bench when he could be getting more playing time elsewhere. It’s a quandary for the boss given he’s invested five years in him so far…