According to John Cross of the Mirror, Coquelin is hoping for more game time, and with the Frenchman out of favour at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners are open to selling him this month for around £10 million.
West Ham are said to be hoping to recruit a midfielder this winter, while Cross added Crystal Palace as another potential suitor:
John Cross @johncrossmirror
Crystal Palace also interested in Coquelin https://t.co/Q9ls6BkiNQ2018-1-8 13:31:47
The 26-year-old has played just 16 minutes in the Premier League since mid-November. While Coquelin hardly pulled up any trees in 2017, it is perhaps telling he was not given more opportunities to get on the pitch with Granit Xhaka struggling to impress at times.
Football writer James McNicholas has been exasperated with the Swiss international on occasion this season:
Xhaka can look absolutely braindead at times.2017-12-16 16:49:14
Coquelin was also left out of the squad entirely in Sunday's FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest, despite manager Arsene Wenger naming a much-changed side and an inexperienced bench, a decision which backfired as the Championship team won 4-2.
As Football.London's Charles Watts noted, his absence was not because of a fitness issue:
Charles Watts @charles_watts
No injury for Coquelin, just not involved.2018-1-7 15:42:03
With the player appearing to have little future at the club despite having more than three years remaining on his contract, moving on would seem the best option for all parties.
West Ham in particular could use more defensive solidity, as their record of 40 goals conceded is better only than Stoke City's 47, and Coquelin could offer protection in front of their back line.
Football.London's Sam Inkersole believes the midfielder is not a clear upgrade on their current options, though:
Sam Inkersole @Sam_InkersoleTM
@Billy_WHUFC @BenWHUnited Shelvey doesn’t seem the hoofball type. Coquelin more of a ball winner but not massively sure if he’s an upgrade on Obiang or Kouyate.2018-1-8 12:36:56
When Coquelin has played this season, he's not shown a great deal to convince he would automatically hold down a starting berth for the Irons, but if he can recapture his best form he'd be a useful buy.
If West Ham acquire him this month, they'll hope the move and the prospect of more game time can reinvigorate his career.