Francis Coquelin eyes Arsenal exit in search of first-team football

Having spent last season on loan at Lorient, the 20-year-old midfielder has grown increasingly frustrated in north London despite featuring earlier this season

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has admitted he is prepared to leave the Emirates in January in order to gain more first-team action.

The 20-year-old featured in Arsene Wenger’s starting side earlier this season, playing in the 8-2 defeat to Manchester United before impressing in the 2-1 derby loss to Tottenham, but has since found his opportunities limited following Arsenal’s recent resurgence in form.

Now, following last season’s loan spell at Ligue 1 side Lorient, the France Under-21 international has expressed his frustration at spending time on the sidelines.

Speaking to France Football, Coquelin said: “I said to myself that I will have some chances to play when I returned to Arsenal this summer, so I decided to stay with this team. I played not badly at the beginning, even in the big matches but with the returns of the main players of the team, I have disappeared little.

“People always say to me that I’m still young, that there is time, but I played a whole season in Lorient, and today, I almost don’t play at all. Return to nothing, it’s annoying.”

“Considering my time of play, its sure that the idea of a departure this winter is in my head”.

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