Coquelin: We are a tight unit

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin believes the club's strong start to the season is down to the togetherness and understanding among the squad.

The Gunners are in a healthy second position on the Premier League table with one game left in 2015 and are being widely touted as serious title contenders.

Coquelin has been missing for the last month with a knee injury and is desperate to recover in time to help Arsenal push for the title in 2016.

"We are not trying to hide, we know what we want this season and obviously I want to be part of it again," he told the official match day programme for their fixture against Bournemouth on Monday. "I had a little [injury] but everyone who has come in has been performing.

"We are really a team and that's the most important thing. If I can come back and help the team achieve our goals, then I will try.

"This is obviously the biggest injury I have had. I've had a few injuries before, but this one is quite major. At first it was OK, but I didn't really realise how bad it was.

"Now it's been a month and it starts to feel a bit long, but when I look around and see different injuries, I realise it could have been worse. Also when I see what's been happening in the world in recent months, I'm trying to be positive," he concluded.