Yaya Sanogo says he spoke to Arsenal teammate Francis Coquelin before agreeing a loan deal with Charlton on deadline day.

The French striker will stay at the Valley until the end of the season and is expected to feature on Saturday when the Addicks host Bristol City.

Despite enduring a couple of tough loan spells at Crystal Palace and Ajax, Sanogo will be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Coquelin, who enjoyed a productive loan spell at Charlton before becoming an Arsenal regular.

He told the club website: “I spoke to my friend Francis Coquelin and he told me a few things about the club.

“He said that this was a good club and that is would be a good choice for me to come here.”

The 23-year-old, who has played just 11 league games for Arsenal since 2013, says he has settled in well at Charlton and is desperate to help the club beat the drop.

“My first day here was very good,” he said.

“I met all of my teammates the manager and I am happy to sign with Charlton. I want to help us to stay in the league and I will work very hard to try and do that.”