Arsenal Midfielder Francis Coquelin has disclosed that loan spells he observed away from the club is the key factor to his inspiring performance.
The 24 year-old observed loan stints at numerous European clubs such as Lorient, SC Freiburg and Charlton Athletic before booking his name in Arsene Wenger’s first team set up in 2014.
In what seems like the lad did not take his chance for granted when given the opportunity by Arsene Wenger, Coquelin believes loan moves to the aforementioned clubs helped him to develop well as a player.
“Arsenal is a great club a massive club, but you are kind of in a comfort zone as it is such a big club, you have all the facilities.”
“To go away, go abroad and see a different culture and different football, helped me a lot and I came back stronger.”
Francis Coquelin has since enjoyed 32 game starts for the Gunners in the Premier League and has been an instrumental player under boss Arsene Wenger in recent times.
The France international is been touted as the biggest defensive midfielder in Arsenal following the departure of compatriot Patrick Viera.
Arsenal will be up against Hull City in their FA Cup fifth round clash on Saturday afternoon. The Gunners are on a hot run of fixtures with Barcelona next in the Champions League round of 16 tie followed by the crucial trip to Manchester United on 28th February.
The vital win at Leicester City last week-end has brought down the gap between Leicester City to 2 points, but there is much hard work to do as there is still 12 matches to go until the curtains fall on the 2015/16 Premier League season.