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Arsenal to seal Schneiderlin deal but Coquelin NOT at risk

After putting in a rare bad performance for Arsenal in the horrendous Champions League debacle against Monaco last week, there were inevitably questions raised again about Francis Coquelin. The French midfielder has been brilliant since his early recall from a loan spell at Charlton, but his years of failing to break through will keep the fans wondering whether his recent form is just a phase.

Well even though it is being reported by the Daily Star that Arsene Wenger and his transfer elves are close to agreeing the summer transfer of our long term transfer target Morgan Schneiderlin, with personal terms apparently already agreed, it does not mean that Coquelin´s place is at risk.

Arsenal’s PERFECT midfielder wants EPL move! So Wenger…?

I know that Arsenal fans have had our problems with La Liga’s Barcelona at times, sometimes on the pitch with our meetings in the Champions League and sometimes off the pitch as they have poached a few big players off us, especially when Arsene Wenger was working on a very tight budget and unable to fight off transfer interest in his best players. After getting Alexis Sanchez off them last summer, however, I feel a bit better about our relationship.

Coquelin to complete turnaround and become Arsenal captain?

I know that Arsenal already have a captain in Mikel Arteta and I hope to see the Spanish midfielder back on the pitch as soon as possible. And after recent reports suggest that Arsene Wenger had already signed him up to a contract extension, the 32-year old is likely to keep the armband for a little longer.

The question of who will eventually take over the honour has been debated before and there are a number of candidates, but I think that there is definitely a new name on the list, that of Francis Coquelin. I am not trying to jump the gun or put pressure on our young Frenchman but as long as he continues to play as he has been doing this season, Coquelin has become a fantastic addition to the first team.

Why Wilshere CAN save Arsenal´s season

Wilshere comeback is perfect timing for Arsenal by Sam P

It is just typical of the injury situation at Arsenal that we appear to have lost two key players after the Leicester game and that they were both coming back from injury problems when the next one occurred. Fingers crossed but it does not seem to be too big a problem for Alexis Sanchez and that would be a real boost ofr the Gunners and the rest of our season.

Stats show Coquelin becoming Arsenal’s PERFECT all-rounder!

I wrote an article about Francis Coquelin after Arsenal had come back from an away game at Man City with all three points, rave reviews and a new style of playing in those big games. And although I did not go as far as Jamie Carragher who said that it was too soon to judge him after one game, I did suggest that Coquelin still had a lot to do.

The young Frenchman was quite rightly praised to the hilt for his performance in that game and we Arsenal fans had seen it coming in the previous games that he played for the Gunners since Arsene Wenger recalled him from the loan deal at Charlton.

Should Arsenal have given Mikel Arteta a contract extension?

It was widely thought that Mikel Arteta would fall foul or Arsenal’s ‘Curse of the captain’s armband’ when Arsene Wenger picked him as Club Captain on the departure of Thomas Vermaelen, especially as he is 32 years old and his contract was reported to be up at the end of this season.

When Arteta then got injured after playing just seven games and is now out until the end of the season. After going through an ankle operation it was thought unlikely that he would be given a new contract until he was fully recovered.

Stats show what Coquelin must do to secure Arsenal place

Francis Coquelin has really surprised us and started to show why Arsene Wenger was right to have faith in him and keep him at the club, despite having to send the young Frenchman off on various loan moves just to get a game. But the bad luck that hit the Gunners with a string of injury problems was certainly good luck for Coquelin.

However, while the versatile player has begun to set down a marker for that problematic deep lying midfield role, it is still early days. And a lot of us are still hoping that the manager brings in a top class signing like Schneiderlin or one of the Bender brothers from the Bundesliga, either this month or in the summer.

Does Coquelin contract spell the end for Flamini at Arsenal?

The Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be 31-years old in a couple of months from now, but that is still pretty young for a modern day footballer. We have seen the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes playing at the top level for a lot longer than that and our own club captain Mikel Arteta is already two years older than his French team mate.

But it could well be that Flamini finds himself at the Arsenal exit door at the end of this season. As far as I know, the central midfielder currently in his second spell as a Gunner will still have a year left on his deal, but Arsene Wenger may be thinking about selling him on in the summer, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Arsenal Debate – Coquelin or a new DM?

The Coquelin Case by JA

Hello guys, hope you’re having a good day.

Now I’ve been reading a lot of comments from some people saying we should buy a “world class DM” like Nemanja Matic and use Coquelin as backup. Now that might be a good notion but then is Coquelin going to want to stick his butt on the bench? I’ll have you remember that he considered leaving permanently prior to his Freiburg loan move, and his reason? He wasn’t given enough opportunity the previous season. Now he’s 23, playing great, why relegate him to the bench?
He’s gone out on loan a couple of times and his experience there is beginning to pay visible dividends. Why then buy someone to bench him?

FULL Arsenal injury update for Man City match

There was some very encouraging news for Arsenal on the injury front yesterday, after Jack Wilshere posted a video on a social network site of him moving freely without his protective boot and calmly slotting a penalty past a young player in the team he coaches.

Apparently, the Gunners could now have him back around a month earlier than previously thought, which would see him back in the squad around the end of this month, and with a bit of luck that would leave just the unlucky Mathieu Debuchy in the treatment room.

Should Arsenal carry on with Coquelin against Man City?

With the Arsenal injury situation slowly changing from crisis to merely problematic, Arsene Wenger is hoping to have a much stronger squad of fit players to choose from for the trip to face the Premier League champions at the Etihad stadium on Sunday.

And that squad could well include Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, as well as Aaron Ramsey, giving the boss many more options than he has had recently for the centre of midfield. But with the Gunners having done pretty well without them in the last couple of games, I wonder whether Wenger will consider keeping the same players in his starting line-up and I am specifically thinking about Francis Coquelin.

Is Coquelin convincing Wenger NOT to sign a DM for Arsenal?

I must say that I am surprised, pleasantly surprised of course, to see how well Francis Coquelin has done for Arsenal since we recalled him from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic and brought him in to the starting line-up. Arsene Wenger had little chance, to be honest, with MIkel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini out of the picture.

But I really did not expect the versatile young Frenchman to look so comfortable in front of our back four. His loan deal to the Bundesliga club Freiburg last season and his recent spell at the Valley seem to have done wonders for him and his confidence and he now looks to me like a real Arsenal player, not just a stop gap in an emergency.