Francis Coquelin admits that he takes inspiration from the likes of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere as he strives to fulfil his potential.

The defensive midfielder has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season, and has impressed with a string of combative displays.

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 Despite his eye-catching performances, the 21-year-old insists he has much to learn and is in the perfect environment to do so at the Club.

“I am improving every day and hopefully in a few years I will be at my maximum,” Coquelin told Arsenal Player. “But I still look at the players around me and realise that there is so much to learn.

“I look at Mikel Arteta’s positioning and passing; at Abou Diaby and even players not in my position like Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere. What Jack is doing at his age is unbelievable.

“You want to impress everyone, from the manager to all the people watching you, to your team-mates and even your family. Every time I am on the pitch I just try to be as good as possible.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 27 Mar 2013