Francis Coquelin has indicated that he would be willing to extend his spell at Charlton from Arsenal if it goes well. 

The 23-year old midfielder has been lent by the Gooners to Bob Peeters’ side until December 1.

And the Frenchman, who has made 21 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s first team, also revealed it was the style of football the Addicks play which persuaded him to make the temporary switch south of the river.

“The manager convinced me the way he plays football,” he said.

“I went to the game last Saturday and I liked the way they played.

“Of course, if everything goes well, why not extend it?

“I’m here for competition. I’m here to play and help the team.

“Every time the manager will need me, I’ll be ready.”

Coquelin revealed he already knew a great deal about Charlton through Arsenal team-mates who had experienced life in SE7 themselves.

He added: “Carl Jenkinson has been here.

“A few Arsenal players have been on loan to Charlton - Emmanuel Frimpong, Alex Song back in the day.

“I think the connection was easier between Arsenal and Charlton. I heard about Charlton a lot.” 

Coquelin made his Addicks debut in last night’s 2-2 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road, coming on as a substitute just after the hour mark to replace Yoni Buyens. 

Alex Mowatt had twice given Leeds a one-goal advantage from outside the area in the second half.

However, his strikes were matched by two equalisers from Johann Berg Gudmundsson. 

Afterwards the on loan Arsenal midfielder, who has represented France at U21 level, revealed he did not have much time to familiarise himself with his new team-mates.

“I’ve only trained this morning with the team, but you know all the team have made me feel really welcome which helps a lot,” he said.

“The manager showed his confidence in me, so everything made it easier for me.

“Tonight was 30 minutes, so hopefully it can be a bit longer next time.

“I’m there for the manager, for the team and I will give 100 percent every time I’m on the pitch.

“It was good to get 30 minutes tonight.

“As long as I feel good on the pitch and don’t pick up any injuries, it will get better and better every day.”

Charlton were forced to hang on during the final 10 minutes after left-back Rhoys Wiggins was forced off injured just after Peeters had made his third and final change.

In the end Coquelin was delighted to be able to take a point back to SE7, although he felt the way the game had gone at times they could have even collected all three.

He explained: “I thought we were a bit unlucky.

“When we were at our best position in the game, we conceded. 

“Obviously that cut up our legs a bit.

“In the end we came back twice - 2-2 is a good point considering we had no more subs and had to end the game 10 against 11. 

“We fought very hard and it’s a good point.”

Coquelin will be hoping to be involved once again as the Addicks travel to Reading on Saturday at 3pm. 

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