Francis Coquelin has opted to remain at Arsenal.

Mathieu Flamini may have left for free after a break-through season in 2008 but Coquelin will not be emulating the mistake of his countryman after agreeing a new deal with the club.

The 23-year-old’s current contract at the Emirates stadium was set to expire in June, but according to the Sun, Coquelin decided to put pen to paper on a new four-year contract this week.

It is a deal which will reportedly see the Frenchman’s wages almost doubled as he prepares to scoop around £40,000 a week.

With the final terms of Coquelin’s contract being wrapped up, Arsene Wenger confirmed during Friday’s press-conference that the midfielder’s renewal is virtually completed.

“It is 99 percent [certain] that he will stay here.” Wenger said about negotiations

But it is not all good news for another French midfielder at Arsenal following claims by L’equipe that Abou Diaby could be released by the club during the summer.

Diaby has managed to play only 67 minutes of football for the Gunners all season as he continues another long spell on the sidelines through a serious calf problem.

The lanky midfielder will turn 29 in May and it now appears that Arsene Wenger is running out of patience.

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“At the moment he is not in position to play soon because he is not on the field at all” Wenger recently said