Coquelin impresses despite Arsenal defeat

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin believes he has plenty of room for improvement following the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

The young Frenchman was one of the few bright spots for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger's side lost the north London derby 2-1, with Aaron Ramsey's second-half effort canceled out by Rafael Van der Vaart's opener and Kyle Walker's long-range winner.

It was Coquelin's second taste of first team action after being thrown in at the deep end against Manchester United last month, but the 20-year-old proved he was more than up for the challenge at White Hart Lane.

“I was a little bit surprised (to be playing), but you know as soon as the manager needs me I have to get on the pitch and give everything for the team. That’s what I tried to do today," he told Arsenal Player post-match.

“I don’t think we played very well in the first half. The manager asked us to move the ball quicker in the second half. That’s what we did for the first twenty minutes, then we went a bit down.

“Overall, everyone is really disappointed. You know when you come to Tottenham there is obviously a big rivalry. You hope to win the game and go home 2-1 down is a real shame.”


Coquelin, who spent last season on loan with Lorient, aims to continue his progression with the Gunners by working hard and improving on the training ground.

And the youngster has urged his teammates to follow suit, work hard at the Emirates and then watch the positive results follow.

“There is always things to get better. I’ve still got a lot to work on. I’ll keep training and hopefully do better than that,” he continued.

“Everyone needs to focus on what they are doing, keep working hard, keep training. We’ve got a good side, soon we’ll get the results.”

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