Report: Arsenal ready to let go of their Coq

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According to the Mirror, Arsenal could sell Francis Coquelin before the January transfer window closes.

The 26-year-old was a surprise omission from the squad that lost to Nottingham Forest on in the FA Cup on Sunday. It’s understood the player was not injured.

Arsene Wenger spoke last week about the midfielder’s situation at the Emirates claiming he’s suffered as a result of the Gunners using a four-man defence less regularly.

“Life has been a bit unfair with him, it’s true,” said Wenger. “That’s also down a bit to our change in system – he paid a heavy price for that – but overall he’s in a very good shape.

“We’ll have games, many games now, so that will help him keep his focus and maintain his quality at a very high level.”

Coquelin has made only one start in the Premier League this season and that was as a defender in the defeat at Manchester City.

The Frenchman has three and a half years left on his current deal and it’s suggested we could hold out for a fee of £10 million. West Ham United are understood to be his most likely destination.

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