By Nick Teale

Francis Coquelin says he is working hard towards his first-team goal after "really enjoying" his first year at Arsenal.

The 18-year-old joined the Gunners from French club Laval in July 2008 and, as well as impressing in the Reserve team, he was an integral part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side.

It took Coquelin just two months to make his Arsenal debut, coming on as a substitute in the 6-0 Carling Cup triumph over Sheffield United last season.

However, he had to wait almost a year for his next first-team appearance. He made his first start in the 2-0 win over West Brom last month, something he describes as one of his personal highlights since joining the Club.

The Frenchman says his first 15 months at Arsenal have been both enjoyable and beneficial and he looks forward to a successful future with the Gunners.

"I want to reach the first team," said Coquelin, speaking after the Reserves 2-0 win over Chelsea.

"I think I need to work hard to get there but I think I give 100 per cent everyday so I hope one day I will have a chance.

"I have really enjoyed it [since arriving at Arsenal]. It's really different from my old club; I think I will learn more here.

"It's different technically as well; it's more physical. I came here to play that kind of game.

"I've learnt lots of things like vision, and tactically I have improved; Arsenal work a lot on tactics."

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12 Oct 2009