By Josh James

Francis Coquelin is delighted to have been given a chance in central midfield this season.

The 21-year-old French youth international made 21 first-team appearances, mainly at full back, last term, but this year he has been used exclusively in the 'engine room', and he couldn't be happier.

"Yes, of course, this is always the position I want to play," Coquelin told the official matchday programme

"I'm happy to get a few chances there. I enjoyed playing full back too last season, I will play anywhere, I just want to play. But I'm really pleased this season because midfield is what I enjoy most."

Coquelin has featured eight times so far this season, including all 120 minutes of the recent 7-5 win over Reading, but he admits he is desperate to be involved on a more regular basis.

"Well obviously it can be hard, when you have tasted the Premier League, and tasted the Champions League, you want to play every week.

"But that's the same for every player, whether you are 17 or 32. I want to play every week. I'm a bit restricted because there are players ahead of me doing well, so I have to be patient, even though it's hard, and when my time comes it's up to me to show what I can do.

"I know if I perform well I'll play. I think every time I've been selected this season I have done well, so hopefully there will be plenty more chances coming for me."

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