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Coquelin joins Charlton Athletic on loan

Francis Coquelin

French midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on loan for a month.

The 23-year-old, who has made 43 Arsenal first-team appearances, returned to the club this season having spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Freiburg.

Francis got some valuable experience under his belt at the German club, making 24 appearances and scoring once. His time at Freiburg was preceded with a season-long loan with French Ligue 1 club Lorient in 2010/11.

Shortly after returning to Arsenal from Germany, Francis showcased his versatility when he played 90 minutes at left-back against Southampton in the Capital One Cup.

A French youth international, Francis heads to Charlton Athletic for the opportunity to gain first-team playing time.

Everyone at Arsenal wishes Francis well for his time at The Valley.