Francis Coquelin has confirmed he rejected a second spell at Ligue 1 side Lorient before opting to sign for Freiburg this summer.
The French under-21 international, who will spend the season on loan with the Bundesliga outfit, also revealed he’s not thinking about his long-term future at Arsenal despite the club signing two new midfielders in his absence.
Speaking to France Football (translation by Football 365) magazine, the 22-year-old said:
“I had the opportunity to join Lorient in the summer and I thought about it but finally I chose Freiburg because I wanted to discover something new.
“My future? I am only focused on Freiburg so far. I put Arsenal aside. My priority is to play as often as possible.”
Having enjoyed a fruitful spell under the guidance of Christian Gourcuff three years ago, Coquelin emphasised that it was his decision to go in search of first team football after injuries plagued him last term.
“At first, I expressed my need to play more often to Arsene Wenger and to play a whole season,” he continued.
“Last season was difficult notably due to injuries that stopped my impetus. Wenger was very comprehensive. I wanted to discover a new league and the Freiburg’s officials’ words attracted me.”
Such are Arsene Wenger’s midfield options these days it’s going to be very difficult for the Coq to squeeze into the first team when he returns to the Emirates.
While the likes of Abou Diaby, Emmanuel Frimpong and even Tomas Rosicky might leave in eight months time there are still four players (Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey and Flamini) who can fill the defensive midfield role.
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