Ever since the Vieira days, barring Gilberto Silva, Arsenal have never really replaced the French midfield powerhouse. Patrick Vieira provided the perfect cover in front of his defence and gave the necessary balance for Arsene Wenger’s team.
Francis Coquelin was sent on loan to Charlton, but injuries to Flamini and Arteta left Arsenal short in that area and Coquelin was recalled from the Championship club seemingly for cover. Ever since he has been back at the club however, the Frenchman has made a massive contribution sitting in front of the defence, particularly starring in the match against City in January.
Wenger has revealed that initially, Coquelin wasn’t too pleased to come back.
He wasn’t happy when I called him back. He thought I had just called him back for cover.
However, having recently penned a new long term deal at the club, Coquelin seems perfectly satisfied playing at the Emirates and for the Gunners.
The manager has admitted that before the midfielder had become almost undroppable, it looked like he was on his way out the club.
In my mind, I thought if he doesn’t play at all till Christmas, I would let him go somewhere else. You let the boy go.
Coquelin is now a key component in the Arsenal team, and the 23 year old has shown his potential and knowledge.
However, despite his excellent form, lack of competition has seen a slight drop in discipline and, particularly against Monaco, leaving the defence exposed as he was caught too high up the pitch. Therefore it is still imperative that Arsenal sign another, more experienced defensive midfielder to provide the quality Arsenal need and more competition.
Just some food for your thought before United, folks. Have a good Sunday.