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Tuesday 10 January 2012

Coquelin signs new Arsenal contract

French defender-cum-midfielder, 20, extends stay at the Emirates Stadium

Francis Coquelin has impressed in both defence and midfield for Arsenal this season

Versatile Frenchman Francis Coquelin has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract that will keep him at Arsenal.

The 20-year-old has become a regular in Arsene Wenger's first-team squad this season, and the Gunners have now tied him down to a longer deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Coquelin joined Arsenal in 2008 and spent last year on loan at French side Lorient, and he has made 12 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners this season, seven of those coming in the Barclays Premier League.

A statement on the club's official website ( read: "Coquelin has established himself as a valuable addition to the first team squad this term, putting in a man of the match performance against Tottenham in October and providing excellent cover in both full-back positions.

"As well as being a regular for the reserves in recent seasons, he was an integral part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2009 and a key member of the France team to win the European Under-19 Championship a year later.

"Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Francis' continued contribution to the club in the years to come."

Coquelin does, however, face a spell out of action after suffering a hamstring injury in Arsenal's 1-0 FA Cup third round victory over Leeds on Monday.

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Key Points

  • Coquelin signs new long-term Arsenal contract
  • Frenchman can play in either defence or midfield
  • Coquelin, 20, has played 12 times so far this term