By Chris Harris

Francis Coquelin believes Arsenal is the club for him after putting pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Emirates Stadium.

The French midfielder won't be seen in a red and white shirt any time soon after agreeing a season-long loan deal with Ligue 1 side Lorient - the former club of recent Arsenal signing Laurent Koscielny.

But once Coquelin has got some valuable first-team experience under his belt he intends to push his way into the Arsenal reckoning after committing his future to the Gunners.

"I feel really happy to sign a new contract," he told "I've had two great years already and now I will carry on and hopefully it will continue going well.

"Arsenal is the right club for me because Arsène Wenger trusts young players and we can learn quickly at a high level. That's why I went there in the first place.

"The first six months were quite hard for me because of the language but now I have learned English, now I have my house, my friends in England, and I feel comfortable.

"They have given me a new contract so obviously they are counting on me and I am really pleased with that. I will give that back by working hard."

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21 Jul 2010