Francis Coquelin says that he may have to move away from Arsenal if he cannot force his way into the Gunners’ side this season.
The France Under-21 international believes he is not far behind the club’s established stars and hopes that manager Arsene Wenger will give him a chance to replace Alex Song in the Arsenal line-up.
Earlier this year Coquelin signed a new contract to stay at Arsenal and he says that pre-season talks with the Arsene Wenger were positive and that he was assured he was in Wenger’s plans for this season. But after not playing in the opening three games, Coquelin is apparently getting a little antsy about his position at the club.
He told L’Equipe:
“In July, I met the coach and he told me I am a full member of the team and he relies on me. Looking at who we have signed, they have trust in me.
“Alex Song left for Barcelona and they didn’t (sign) another defensive midfielder.
“When I didn’t play in the first three matches it made me think about it. But I know I will get an opportunity and I will seize it.
“Arteta, Diaby and Cazorla are great players, who have more experience than me. But during training sessions every morning I am not behind them.
“I am 21-years-old, I know I cannot be patient any more. This year is the right season to make a name for myself at Arsenal.
“I have given myself six months and then I will take stock. If I see it is blocked, I will go somewhere else. But for now I know I have the qualities to make a name for myself at Arsenal.”
With five games in two weeks this month, Coquelin will get his chance to show how good he is. But do you think that Coquelin is good enough to make the Arsenal line-up (or bench) if everyone is fully fit?