Arsenal ace eyes January exit

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has threatened to quit north London over his 'annoying' lack of first-team opportunities.

The 20-year-old has made just five senior appearances for the Gunners this season, starting two Barclays Premier League games - which includes the embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Manchester United.

Coquelin's lack of playing time since the return of a number of key players in Arsene Wenger's squad, has cause the young Frenchman to consider his future at the Emirates Stadium - and he has admitted he is thinking about leaving in January.

"I thought I had a shot to play so I decided to stay at Arsenal," he told France Football. "I played a lot at first, even big games, but when players came back from injury I just disappeared.

"It is often said that when you are young you have time but I played a whole season at Lorient and now I'm virtually not playing at all.

"It's annoying. Given my playing time for sure the idea of a departure this winter is in my head."

Arsenal's resurgence in recent weeks, where they have won nine of their last eleven games, has not helped Coquelin's situation - for he has been on the periphery of the Gunners first-team ever since he moved to north London from Stade Lavallois in 2008.

After impressing on loan in Ligue 1 last year, and making 24 appearances for Lorient, the French U21 international had hoped he would be given an opportunity to stamp his place in the Arsenal side, but it wasn't to be.

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