Arseblog News understands that Francis Coquelin could leave the club this summer with suitors in the Premier League and his native France taking a keen interest in securing him for the 2013/14 campaign.
The French U21 international hasn’t quite made the breakthrough into the Arsenal first team, and despite some early season promise has faded away. In 2013 he has only made four appearances and started just one Premier League game.
With the form and consistency of Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta blocking his path, plus suggestions that Arsenal will be in the market a holding midfielder this summer, it’s believed Coquelin will look elsewhere for first team football at the end of the season.
Back in March he took a positive view of his situation, telling the official site, “I am improving every day and hopefully in a few years I will be at my maximum. But I still look at the players around me and realise that there is so much to learn.
“I look at Mikel Arteta’s positioning and passing; at Abou Diaby and even players not in my position like Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere. What Jack is doing at his age is unbelievable.
“You want to impress everyone, from the manager to all the people watching you, to your team-mates and even your family. Every time I am on the pitch I just try to be as good as possible.”
But at nearly 22, there’s frustration at the lack of first team opportunities and his role now set as an occasional late sub when Arsenal are trying to hang onto a game.
Any new signings would push him further down the pecking order and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Arsene let go of his Coq this summer.