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Freiburg loanee Francis Coquelin insists he is not thinking about his future at Arsenal, and is instead focusing on a productive spell playing regular football in the Bundesliga, reports Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old midfielder swapped north London for the Mage Solar Stadion in a bid to guarantee first-team action for the entirety of the 2013/14 campaign, after struggling to cement his place in Arsene Wenger's side.

Coquelin made 11 Premier League starts for Arsenal last season, before injury curtailed his campaign. Now, he wants to continue his progress by taking in experience in Germany.

Having spent a spell back in his native France with Lorient in 2011/12, Coquelin has revealed that he had an opportunity to return to the Ligue 1 club, but opted instead for completely different project.

"I had the opportunity to join Lorient in the summer and I thought about it but finally I chose Freiburg because I wanted to discover something new," he told FranceFootball.

"My future? I am only focused on Freiburg so far. I put Arsenal aside. My priority is to play as often as possible."

Coquelin added that he leaves the Emirates Stadium with the blessing of his manager, and has been encouraged to enjoy his stint at Freiburg, with a view to making a renewed first-team push in north London next season.

"At first, I expressed my need to play more often to Arsene Wenger and to play a whole season," explained the Frenchman.

"Last season was difficult notably due to injuries that stopped my impetus. Wenger was very comprehensive. I wanted to discover a new league and the Freiburg officials' words attracted me."

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