Next top Gun? Laurent Koscielny (left)
Arsenal arepreparing to let youngmidfielder FrancisCoquelin join Lorient ona season-long loan tohelp improve theirchances of landing theFrench side's defenderLaurent Koscielny.
Sportsmail revealedArsenal's interest in the24-year-old centre backlast week and theyfollowed up with a £4.2moffer.
The French clubare demanding closer to£7m, however, andArsenal will makeanother offer this week.
Arsenal have been toldto drop their interest inCrewe's wonderkid NickPowell.
Arsene Wenger isdesperate to snap upthe 16-year-old Englandyouth striker but Crewemanager Dario Gradisaid: 'People have beentelling me Arsenal areinterested in Powell,including myrecruitment man here.
'But none of our youngplayers are for sale atany price. If we sell ayoung player to Arsenaland he doesn't comethrough, you'd wonderwhat he would havedone if we had kept himhere.'
Aaron Ramsey, 19, whois currently recoveringfrom a broken leg, hassigned a new four-yearcontract with Arsenal.
Ramsey gets perfect get-well-soon gift in shape of long-term Arsenal contract Terry urges Spurs target Joe Cole to sign new deal with champions Chelsea Lyon desperate to beat Arsenal and City in race to sign £21m Gourcuff