A brief piece on the Gunners’ official website confirms that Arsene Wenger has signed his third player of the summer - and second French midfielder. Francis Coquelin has joined the club from French third division side Laval.
Coquelin, 17, impressed during a trial with Arsenal last season and had been expected to sign during the last two months.
He passed a medical back in May but his signing was only officially announced by the Gunners on Friday.
“Arsenal have signed French midfield player Francis Coquelin on professional terms,” said the statement.
“The 17-year-old has joined from SASP Stade Lavallois Mayeene MFC.”
Laval revealed last month that Coquelin, who had not signed a first professional contract with them, was free to move on.
Arsenal are therefore believed to have signed him without having to pay a transfer fee.
Reports suggest that Werder Bremen’s Amaury Bischoff could be the next youngster to join the Gunners.
Mark Hinton, Goal.com