Arsenal youngster Francis Coquelin will join French club Lorient on loan according to reports.

The Gunners have ulterior moves for allowing the move as they are keen on Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny and believe loaning out Coquelin will get the deal over the line.

Arsenal have already had a £4million bid for Koscielny rejected with the French Ligue 1 club holding out for about double that price but with a promising young player joining them, it may now make it easier to deal.