Arsenal star putting club before country, but still hopeful over Euro 2016 spot

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Francis Coquelin says he is still confident that his Gunners form will show France coach Didier Deschamps that he deserves to be in the national squad for this summer's tournament.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has told the club's weekly podcast that he is primarily focused on performing well for the club, but admitted that he still hopes his impressive form may lead to a France call-up for Euro 2016, as quoted by the Evening Standard.

The 24-year-old had a rare bad game in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday, picking up two avoidable yellow cards and being sent off with the score at 1-0 to Arsenal.

That dismissal turned the tide of the match, and the Gunners were left having to rescue a point after Spurs had turned the game on its head against 10 men.

However, that performance was the exception rather than the rule for Coquelin this season, with the midfielder having become something of a regular in Arsene Wenger's side, impressing in 24 appearances in all competitions.

Despite his good form in playing regular football for an Arsenal side competing at the top of the Premier League, a first senior France cap has still proven to be elusive for Coquelin, but he is retaining hope of convincing Deschamps that he is worth of a place ahead of Euro 2016.

He told the Arsenal weekly podcast, as quoted by the Standard: "I’m the kind of person who’s really focused on the club first. It’s how you play at the club that will decide whether you get to go to the national team.

"If I perform well, if it has to come it will come. I’m not really thinking about that too much at the moment because I’ve got a lot to accomplish here. But if it comes I’ll be happy. First of all I need to achieve what I want to achieve here.

"I haven’t been on the phone to him. I think he gives a pre-list of 30, 40 players and picks a squad from there. We haven’t had contact there but when it comes I hope I’m on top of the game and show I’ll deserve it."

Coquelin has been a bit-part player at the Emirates Stadium since his senior debut for the Gunners in 2008, but enjoyed something of a breakthrough in the first team last season.

This campaign he is on course to make more appearances for the club than in any other year, but an abundance of French options in his defensive-minded midfield position, including Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, and Morgan Schneiderlin has prevented him from being handed a chance at international level.

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