Coquelin: Arsenal want title next season, top stars want to come here

The French midfielder has stated the Gunners will be aiming for top spot next season.

Francis Coquelin has been a revelation in the Arsenal midfield this season, with the French enforcer part of the Gunners side that has marched up the table in 2015.

The former Charlton loanee has had to wait for a chance in the first team, but now looks like an essential member of Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.

Coquelin has been full of praise for the Arsenal set-up since his return from loan at the turn of the year and feels the club is full of top-quality players.

The 24-year-old has spoken out about the North London club’s goals for next season, with a firm title challenge in the offing.

He has also hailed the signing of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil as taking Arsenal to the next level.

“After what we’ve done in 2015 we will be aiming, next season, to fight for the title,” Coquelin told The Guardian.

“I think there was a point where big players were leaving the club and it didn’t look attractive to the top players.

“And then I think signing Santi was the first step. I remember his first training session. Everyone knew: this one is from another planet.

“If you’re someone who doesn’t love football, you will love it after looking at him. And Mesut was a turning point.

“The very top players want to come to Arsenal because they can see the team is strong.”

The Gunners are still in the running to finish second this season, while they can also retain the FA Cup by beating Aston Villa at Wembley in the final.

It remains to be seen where Wenger will look to strengthen in the summer, with Coquelin filling the void in midfield that has been a standout in recent seasons.

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