Gunners looking to secure the future of midfielder Francis Coquelin.
Arsenal are set to hand defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin a new three year contract following his impressive performance in the weekend win over Manchester City, report the Mirror, with the Frenchman’s current deal set to expire at the end of the current season.
Coquelin has played his way into Arsene Wenger’s first team since returning from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic in the Championship during the Autumn, with the former Freiburg and Lorient loanee now ahead of both Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta in the pecking order — although that particular experienced duo have both struggled with injuries all campaign.
Arsenal had been expected to pursue a new signing in the holding midfield position this January, but the impressive performances of Coquelin during the last few weeks have given Wenger food for thought and he could now be tempted to hand Coquelin the chance to prove himself between now and the end of the season.
The fact that his contract runs down in the summer is suddenly an issue for Wenger, however, and the Gunners are keen to sort out Coquelin’s future as quickly as possible by securing a new three year deal.