Arsenal have confirmed that young prospect Francis Coquelin has extended his loan spell at Championship side Charlton Athletic until December 30, according to BBC Sport.
Coquelin has made 43 appearances for Arsenal, including games in both the Premier League and the Champions League, but after failing to break into the team again this season, manager Arsene Wenger sent him on loan to Charlton at the beginning of the month.
The France under-21 international has impressed since joining Charlton, having made notable appearances against Millwall, Reading and Leeds United and has now extended his loan deal for a further month.
Coquelin will now be available to face fellow promotion chasers Blackburn, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest amongst others in the Christmas period games.
The loan ahead
The 23-year old has been at Arsenal since 2008 and has enjoyed loan spells at Lorient and Freiburg. At the moment though he finds himself firmly on the fringes at the Emirates Stadium with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta all blocking his path into the first team.
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There were some who thought that Coquelin would return to his parent club imminently, after the north Londoners revealed that Wilshere will be out for around three months after injuring his ankle during the 2-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend.
Wenger also admitted on Friday that captain Arteta will also be out of action for two to three weeks after suffering from a calf problem during their Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.
Charlton have surprised many this season after being tipped by many to face a relegation battle, they currently find themselves in ninth place in the Championship table.