Francis Coquelin joins Charlton Athletic on loan

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Arsenal have confirmed that French midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Championship outfit Charlton Athletic on a one-month loan deal.

The 23-year-old joins the Addicks until December after struggling to force his way into the Gunners' first team this season. His one and only appearance for Arsenal this term came in September's 2-1 home defeat to Southampton in the Capital One Cup third round.

Coquelin spent last season on loan with Bundesliga side SC Freiburg and made a total of 24 appearances, scoring one goal. But he will be staying in England for the next chapter of his career.

Arsenal confirm news

"Francis heads to Charlton Athletic for the opportunity to gain first-team playing time," a statement on the Gunners' website confirmed. "Everyone at Arsenal wishes Francis well for his time at The Valley."

Coquelin will be hoping to make an impression during his short stay with Charlton, who are currently ninth in the Championship table, having picked up five wins from their opening 15 matches.

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The south-east London club find themselves six points off league-leaders Watford and face Leeds United, Reading, Millwall and Ipswich Town during Coquelin's brief stay.

Coquelin falls down pecking order

Coquelin, a former France Under-21 international, was tipped for big things when he originally broke into Arsenal's first team several years ago.

During the 2012-13 campaign, he made 22 appearances in all competitions for the north London outfit. But since then he has fallen down the pecking order, with Arsenal now possession huge strength in depth in the central midfield positions.

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have kept Coquelin out of Arsenal starting line-up this season, and the Frenchman has now agreed to leave the Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis in order to gain some much-needed match fitness.

An impressive showing may encourage Wenger to give Coquelin another chance in Arsenal's first team, when he returns from his loan spell with Charlton, during the hectic Christmas and New Year period.

Alex Song

Coquelin may draw inspiration from former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who enjoyed a useful loan spell with Charlton in 2007 before returning to the Gunners and establishing himself as a first-team regular.

Song, who is currently on loan with West Ham, secured a dream move to Barcelona in 2012 - and, like the Cameroon international, Coquelin will be keen to prove his class at The Valley.

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