A loan in, but not a striker
Charlton have signed Francis Coquelin on loan from Arsenal until December 1st, the club announced this afternoon.
The 23-year old Frenchman is predominately a defensive midfielder but is also comfortable at full back. Coquelin joined Arsenal in 2008 and has played 40 matches, mostly in various cup competitions. Last season he was on loan at Bundesliga side Freiburg.
My immediate thought is that i hope he is more Alex Song than Emmanuel Frimpong, but according to Arsenal fans Coquelin is a box to box midfielder with a good range of passing and a willing runner. Not to be sniffed at as I think we lack pace and players that can press opponents. Coquelin also adds much needed competition especially with Bulot out.
I understand the deal can be extended beyond December 1st as Charlton only play four games including tomorrow in that time.