Francis Coquelin has admitted that he could still lose his place in the Arsenal starting line-up as the season goes on.

The French midfielder broke into Arsene Wenger’s first team during the 2014/15 campaign which saw him recalled from a loan spell at Charlton to help solve Arsenal’s injury problems at the time.

Coquelin has become a regular name on the Gunners’ team sheet but he appeared to be losing that role following the signings of Mohamed Elneny and his current partner in midfield, Granit Xhaka.

Despite maintaining a string of solid performances in the absence of Santi Cazorla, the 25-year-old has admitted that might not be enough for him to keep his place in the starting eleven.

“I don’t take anything for granted,” Coquelin said. “Obviously we’ve got a massive squad with lots of quality players, so I’m trying to do my best every time I’m out there on the pitch.

“At the minute I’m the one starting quite a lot of games, but you never know, maybe tomorrow it can be someone else.

“The most important thing is that the team perform and get the points and if it’s me, perfect, and if it’s someone else, so long as it does the job – that’s the most important thing.”


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