Should Arsenal just drop Coquelin because of his price tag? By Galen.
This has been a fantastic week for Arsenal. I guess everyone of us would have taken 3 points against Southampton, a draw vs PSG away from home and a good spanking of Hull City away from home. What has surprised me the most was the victory over Hull City. We have won – and scored four goals – away from home and all people are talking about is Francis Coquelin.
The truth is that Francis Coquelin has been our best midfielder this season. Should we just drop him because he didn’t cost £42 million like Ozil or £34 million like Xhaka? I really don’t care about price tags. If you are good enough you play the game. Francis Coquelin was harassing the entire Hull City side and covered every blade of grass on the pitch. Even against PSG when the team went into hiding he was the only one playing with his heart. Yes, Ozil, Ox, Sanchez and the entire defence were hiding – but not Coquelin.
Against Hull City Coquelin was just exceptional. Funny enough the 3 best players on the day are the players who are questioned the most. Walcott is getting loads of stick, we are also asking why Iwobi and Coquelin are starting instead of Perez and Xhaka? We just won away from home in our best display so far this season and all we could talk about was why Xhaka is not playing? Look we are going to have 60 games this season and Xhaka and Perez will have loads of games.
Francis Coquelin vs. Hull City: Passes 98, Completed passing accuracy 98%, Ball recoveries 7, Tackles won 4, Interceptions 4
Look if Pogba had this statistics people would have been saying how he is worth every penny of the £100 million that was paid for him. But because it is Coquelin who cost £0 he is not getting the respect he should from the fans. It’s a little like Cazorla who came for £13 million and never seem to get the hype the likes of Ozil, Mata or Oscar received .
IF we are bringing Xhaka to the team like how everybody wants, who should we drop? I know it should definitely not be Coquelin. Coquelin deserves to be respected. This is a guy who came to Arsenal when we couldn’t win a game and he made us to be solid. His power and energy across the pack is outstanding. We need his legs and his lungs to function properly as a team. So who should be dropped when we play Chelsea ?
These are the options available. Base on form Ozil should be dropped cause he has been the poorest of them all. Base on Price tags, I guess we just drop Coquelin because he cost £0 .
All I am saying is that Coquelin has earned the right to play for Arsenal and he should be respected by the fans. He has done it on the pitch and he does it in every game he plays in. Remember the Manchester city away performance of Coquelin? Pocketing David Silva and protecting our boarders like aterrific immigration officer.
Respect to the COQ. Wishing y’all a great week.
BY Galen Sona.