Arsenal fans will be crossing our fingers and hoping that our French midfielder Francis Coquelin will have recovered from the minor knee injury that kept him out of the Capital One cup game this week in time to return to the starting line up when Arsenal travel to face Leicester City on Saturday.
If not, however, or when he does pick up an injury, a suspension or is simply rested by Arsene Wenger, the manager has a big decision to make about who to replace him with. Mikel Arteta would normally expect it to be him, but the club captain had an absolute shocker away to Dinamo Zagreb, and even though that was his first start in a long time it would have been very worrying for the boss.
Perhaps that is why Wenger went for both Arteta and Flamini against Tottenham and he must be glad he did. But did Flamini’s match winning performance catapult him above Arteta in the bosses mind? I think it may well have done because not only did Flamini score two good goals, he also made some big tackles and worked tirelessly to stop the home team over running our defence.
It was also the Frenchman that was doing the captain’s job of shouting orders and urging on the rest of the team when we were struggling. His passing was not too shabby either although his accuracy of over 77 percent was still five percent less than the Spaniard’s.
Who do you think is second to Coquelin in the Arsenal pecking order?