Would you be happy with Wenger promoting Coquelin or do you want another Central midfielder? by KJ
It’s a very slow news day for Arsenal at the moment (mainly because of the lack of games to talk about). As a result, I want to refer back to our controversial ending to the transfer window (I know a lot won’t want to talk about it) but I think it’s important to reflect on how the team shapes up as a result and whether we’d need reinforcements during the January window; something Wenger hinted at.
I’m a big fan of the French youngster Francis Coquelin. He has really impressed me with cameos against Manchester City in the Carling Cup and a rampant game against Blackburn as a fullback. He’s only 21 and hence shows flashes of inexperience but then again, he shows flashes of brilliance. There clearly is an underlying talent there. However, there were a few games towards the end of the season (most notably against West Bromwich Albion) where he played below par for me.
Although I have this belief in Coquelin, I still feel he’s someway off being a regular starter for the club. He’s got a lot of talent but I feel he needs to be gradually introduced into the club. I was hoping that he’d be a starter for all Carling cup matches and all easy FA cup matches as well as playing a few Premier League matches against the likes of Wigan, Southampton etc. However, if Diaby gets injured for a long period (which unfortunately is entirely likely), he’ll be a starter for big games and our extremely important Champions league games.
I’d personally want to see Arsene push for another midfielder during the January window. I really like the look of Capoue who is quite similar to Diaby (although more defensive). He’d be a quality midfield addition for at most, £10 million.
What do you guys think? Should we give Coquelin a first team chance or do we get another defensive midfielder?
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