New contract for Francis Coquelin, confirms Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will be given a new contract, according to manager Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman has impressed with some outstanding displays in recent weeks, not least in last weekend’s 0-2 win at champions Manchester City, and has now established himself as the Gunners’ first-choice midfield anchorman.
His efforts will be rewarded with a contract extension.
The 23-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season and Coquelin is already free to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas team.
He appeared to be winding down time until the end of his existing contract after falling out of the first-team picture in the last couple of seasons.
Coquelin had a spell on loan at Charlton Athletic earlier this season. But Wenger claims he had been deliberately sent out to get match fitness with a view to a return to the Arsenal team after the Gunners boss noticed an improvement in his performances in training at London Colney.
Speaking at a press conference today, Wenger said: “I saw that he made huge improvements in training so I sent him on loan for match practice.
“He took that challenge and he’s done very well. We will offer him a new deal.”