Francis Coquelin thrilled with Arsenal first team chance
Coquelin has risen through the youth ranks at the Club since his arrival from France in 2008 as a raw 17-year-old - and has matured quickly. The midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell at Lorient last season and spoke to Arsène Wenger about the possibility of another move on his return.
"When I got back from the World Cup the manager spoke to me about the injured players and told me he needed me at this time," he explained to arsenal.com.
"I thought I would have a chance to play this year as well so I thought I should stay and try and get a place in the first team. At the moment I can't really complain - I have been playing so I'm really pleased with that.