Coquelin to be offered new Arsenal contract

Arsenal are set to offer central midfielder Francis Coquelin a new and improved contract after a series of impressive performances in recent weeks, the Daily Mail has reported.

The 23-year-old’s contract is due to expire in the summer, and he was deemed surplus to requirements at the end of last season, but he has emerged as a key player in the side since the festive period, starting each of the last five games and putting in a particularly strong performance in Sunday’s 2-0 success away to Manchester City.

It now looks likely that a new long-term deal will be agreed, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger viewing Coquelin as part of a midfield he will look to refresh for next term, with Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin a key transfer target.

Coquelin has been at Arsenal since 2008, but until now he has never been a regular, with almost half of his 52 appearances coming in cup competitions. He has also had loan spells with Lorient, Freiburg, and Championship club Charlton Athletic.

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