French teenager Francis Coquelin has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal who have confirmed that the 19-year-old will spend the 2010-11 campaign on loan with Lorient.
The midfielder made three first-team appearances for the Gunners last season when he was a regular in the reserve side.
Coquelin told Arsenal's official website:"I feel really happy to sign a new contract. 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 Arsene 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."