Sergio Aguero’s goal was the difference between the two sides but Coquelin impressed in midfield alongside Emmanuel Frimpong and was praised by Yossi Benayoun for his performance.
The 20-year-old has made his way into the Arsenal squad this season, even starting in the 8-2 loss to Manchester United, and he believes there is still plenty to learn after playing in a match against City in front of the Emirates faithful.
"It was a really good effort, I thought we did really well," he told Arsenal Player.
"Manchester City played a strong side and it was a hard game but we did well and we're disappointed to lose. In the first half we did well and we had a strong second half.
"We will take the positives from tonight when we look back at it. We have learned a lot. When you play in front of this crowd there is always something for us to learn."
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