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Coquelin and Walcott have been poor recently by their usually high standards.

Three Arsenal players who must improve and lead by example

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With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech at their disposal, Arsenal should comfortable be challenging for the Premier League title each season.

And yet, as another season nears its close, the north Londoners look set to battle for little more than a top four place - again.

To make matters worse, alongside the fact rivals Tottenham currently sit five points above them in second, the Gunners have surrendered their FA Cup crown and appear all-but set to exit the Champions League when they face Barcelona on Wednesday.

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It begs the question: what more is needed for Arsenal to realise their potential?

Their squad needs strengthening, of course, but three players in particular need to up their game.

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PER MERTESACKER

The experienced German isn't quite the weak link that football fans seem him as, but he's by no means the backbone that Arsenal's defence require.

Yet he should be. As the club's vice-captain, Mertesacker should lead by example and inspire through his own attitude and performances - this isn't the case, though.

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Much like Tony Adams did during his time as skipper, the former Germany international must step up and lead the Gunners forward through these times of adversity.

FRANCIS COQUELIN

Arsenal have long craved a player of Coquelin's quality and attributes so criticism for the Frenchman might be deemed unfair by some, but the fact remains that he's still a bit rough around the edges.

The passion and fight that he shows on a weekly basis is admirable, especially so given how hard he has worked to earn a starting place in the Gunners' squad, but it seems Coquelin is yet to firmly learn the difference between playing with your head and playing with your feet.

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A liability at times, the 24-year-old must control himself and mature in order to become the classy defensive midfielder he's capable of.

THEO WALCOTT

Upon signing for the club at the tender age of 16, Walcott caused widespread excitement amongst Arsenal and England fans.

Renowned for his blistering pace and eye for goal, many believed he had potential to one day blossom into a deadly striker.

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However, almost ten years on and Walcott is yet to establish his best position for Arsenal, let alone reach his undoubted potential.

As a result, he has fallen down the pecking order throughout the current campaign.

The talent is there - his finishing is somewhat reminiscent of Thierry Henry at times - but until he can take games by the scruff of the neck and win games for his teammates, the 26-year-old will remain your average squad member at the Emirates Stadium.

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