The France Under-21 international has been close to first team action for Arsenal since he joined from Stade Lavallois in 2008 and impressed when he spent the whole of last season on loan in Ligue 1 with Lorient, where he played in 24 league games.
But the 20-year-old has only started twice in the Premier League, however has been a Carling Cup regular. Coquelin only got the opportunity to play due to Song and Frimpong’s suspension, however is rated highly by Wenger and is unfortunate not to get more game time.
Coquelin told France Football:
I thought I had a shot to play so I decided to stay at Arsenal. I played a lot at first, even big games, but when players came back from injury I just disappeared.
It is often said that when you are young you have time but I played a whole season at Lorient and now I’m virtually not playing at all. It’s annoying. Given my playing time for sure the idea of a departure this winter is in my head.
So the Frenchman is considering a winter exit, and it seems like it would be a permanent one. This allows Frimpong to be the guaranteed replacement for Song, and with Wilshere returning next year, Coquelin’s chances will be limited even more. It’s a difficult situation to be in, however he will get more game time for the Gunners in the FA Cup and Carling Cup. What do you think? Should Wenger allow him to be sold or keep him for this season at least?