Arsenal starlet signs long-term deal

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Arsenal have confirmed promising midfielder Francis Coquelin has signed a new contract.


The young Frenchman has been putting in some impressive performances recently and has been rewarded with a new long-term deal.


The France Under-21 international was on loan at Ligue 1 side Lorient last season and was recalled by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for the latest campaign.


“Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Francis' continued contribution to the Club in the years to come,” said the club’s official website.


Coquelin had expressed concern ta a lack of playing opportunities in November but has seen a turnaround in his fortunes since.


A series of injuries to first team players meant the 20-year-old has been called upon 12 times this season – a vast improvement form the four ha had made since his debut against Sheffield United in 2008.


It appeared as though Wenger was waiting to make a decision between the French youngster and Emmanuel Frimpong as Alex Song’s main understudy.


Coquelin looked to have won that contest after Frimpong was loaned to Wolverhampton Wanderers.


In recent games Coquelin has had to be deployed as an emergency full-back to help cover Arsenal’s defensive injury crisis.


He is currently sidelined with what is thought to be a hamstring problem, picked up early in the win over Leeds United in the FA Cup third round tie.


The length of the contract is undisclosed.

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