Francis Coquelin explains what Arsenal learned from Manchester City's win

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The midfielder says they are well aware they need to do better after witnessing Manchester City at their best on Monday.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has told the club’s official website that the defeat to West Ham has served as a wake up call to the squad.

The Gunners had been tipped for the title this season, with many believing that the addition of Petr Cech from rivals Chelsea had pushed them one vital step closer to mounting a title challenge.

However, their season got off to the worst possible start last Sunday as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 at the Emirates by Slaven Bilic’s side, with Cech having a bad day at the office and arguably at fault for both goals.

The result was a shock to everyone but Coquelin says it has acted as a wake-up call for the squad to do better.

"It’s been a wake-up call for everyone," he told Arsenal Player.

"Considering the recent results we had before that, going really well in pre-season, it’s disappointing and it was not an Arsenal performance. However, in bad things, good things can come out too. It’s good that it happened in the first game so that now we can pull ourselves together with 37 games left."

We need to do better after Manchester City's win

Even worse for the Gunners was the fact that all of their main title rivals managed to avoid defeat in their opening games.

Chelsea drew 2-2 with Swansea, Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford and Manchester City were 3-0 victors over West Brom, meaning they are all already ahead of their rivals.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side arguably put in the best performance of the opening round of fixtures with their victory at the Hawthorns and Coquelin says after seeing that display they have realised they need to put more in.

"Everybody realises that we need to put more in," he added.

"When you look at different teams I think a lot of them are ready. You look at Manchester City when they played against West Brom, I think they played really good football. We know the quality we have and we need to respond straight away."

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