Young forward Gilles Sunu has joined French Ligue 1 side Lorient on loan until the end of the season.

Frenchman Sunu, who signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal in March, played an integral part in the Club’s FA Youth Cup and Academy ‘double’ winning side in 2009, scoring vital goals during the victorious run.

19 year-old Gilles, who has been a regular in the Reserves this season, scoring two goals from his eight appearances, also made the step-up to first team football last season. He made his debut in the Carling Cup Third Round victory over West Bromwich Albion, being named in the starting line-up. His other Arsenal first team appearance came in the UEFA Champions League, when he came on as a substitute in the match against Olympiacos in Athens in December 2009.

From February 2010 until the end of last season, Sunu gained some vital experience during a loan spell with Championship side Derby County. During his time with The Rams, the young forward made nine appearances, scoring one goal.

At Lorient, Sunu joins his Arsenal team mate Francis Coquelin, who is also on loan with the Ligue 1 side for the rest of the season.

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Gilles the best of luck during his time with Lorient.

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31 Jan 2011