Arsenal midfielder joins Bundesliga club on loan

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Francis Coquelin has joined Freiburg on a season-long loan for the 2013/14 campaign from Arsenal.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has made 43 appearances since signing a professional contract with Arsenal in 2008, making his debut for the senior side in a third-round League Cup victory against West Brom in September 2009.

Coquelin was an important figure in the FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2009 and has appeared for the France under-21 team.

During the 2010/11 season, Coquelin was loaned out to Ligue 1 side Lorient, making 24 league appearances, one appearance in the Coupe de France and scoring one goal: the winner in a 2-1 victory against Stade Rennais.

The defensive midfielder impressed Lorient manager, Christian Gourcuff, who was keen to extend the loan of Coquelin for another season, as well as bringing compatriot Gilles Sunu to the club.

Coquelin became a slightly more prominent figure in the 2011/12 season, making a number of appearances thanks to his versatility and a string of injuries to Gunners full-backs. 

Coquelin has since made his Premier League and Champions League debuts, but may not be ready to challenge for a first-team spot at Arsenal, who have a very strong midfield featuring the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Abou Diaby to name just a few that are ahead of Coquelin in the pecking order.


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