Coquelin focused on Lorient
Francis Coquelin is focused on a loan spell at Lorient and has given little thought to his future at Arsenal.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 10/12/10 3:30pm
Francis Coquelin is fully focused on a loan spell at Lorient and has given little thought to his future at Arsenal.
The 19-year-old returned to his native France over the summer after the Gunners sanctioned a season-long loan deal.
The opportunity to compete on a regular basis in Ligue 1 was seen as being vital to his development, with first-team football thin on the ground at Emirates Stadium.
Coquelin has made a handful of senior appearances for Arsenal in recent seasons, in the Carling Cup, but is yet to force his way into the fold on a consistent basis.
He claims he is in no rush to become an established star, though, and is happy to take as much as possible from his time with Lorient.
Coquelin told France Football: "Why did I join Arsenal? I thought about it a lot because going abroad was not an obvious choice, but I visited the club and my meeting with Wenger convinced me to move.
"In my first season I mainly played with the reserves. I felt better in my second season, but again I didn't play much with the first team.
"Lorient? They are a club like Arsenal. They like to play attractive football.
"I don't want to think about Arsenal for now though. I have plenty of time still ahead of me. I want to make a name for myself at Lorient at the moment."
As a French holding midfielder, it has not taken long for Coquelin to be compared to some of the country's more established stars.
It has already been suggested that he is from the same mould as Real Madrid enforcer Lassana Diarra, but the youngster has been quick to play down such lofty praise.
"I have often heard these comparisons," he said.
"However, I am nowhere near that level just yet. I still have a lot to work on, most notably my attacking contribution."