Tag Archives: Arteta

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.

Arsenal Analysis – Coquelin, Mertesacker, Arteta and last weekend…..

Francis Coquelin, Per Mertesacker, Mikael Arteta and last weekend by JA

Hello guys, hope y’all havin a fine uuhhhm happy transfer window….

So of late, two grown heads at Arsenal have come under criticism; Per Mertesacker and Mikael Arteta and it’s all about they’re slow, they’re old or they just don’t cut it.

BOOM! More injury woe leaves Arsenal in a Festive FIX

Okay so the next game for Arsenal is only lowly QPR and it is at least in front of the home crowd at the Emirates stadium on Boxing day, but Arsenal fans were still hoping that Arsene Wenger would have a key player or two back from the lengthy injury list.

And while the manager does have three more Gunners to add to his matchday squad, as reported by Arsenal.com, it is unlikely that our second choice keeper David Ospina, young striker Yaya Sanogo or aging attacking midfielder Tomas Rosicky will make it onto the pitch.

Flamini says Arsenal WILL improve with injury list! Is he right?

The Arsenal injury list was in full effect once again at the weekend and it was only the fact that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain passed a late fitness test that Arsene Wenger was able to name the England international alongside Mathieu Flamini at the heart of the Gunners team for the tough trip away to Liverpool.

Wenger has had to recall Francis Coquelin from his loan spell at Charlton and was forced to use the young Frenchman at Anfield, although I am sure he would much rather have had a fully fit Ox or even one of the crocked Arsenal trio of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey or Mikel Arteta to call on.

Arsenal Debate – Who to choose as our next captain?

Who should be the future Arsenal captain? by RC

Many fans believe that Mertesacker and Arteta are both no longer good enough to succeed at Arsenal. The lack of pace that the pair have has proven to cause our defence problems. The pair are very intelligent footballers, and there has been very few games without at least one of them to lead the team. If these players are sold on, not only is there an issue of replacing each of these players, but there is also the risk of losing a large amount of mental and leadership skills that they brought to the side. My personal view is with many fans that our captain and vice captain are not of a league winning standard, but the question then is, who would we make captain?

AKB v AOB – Arsenal MUST change managers next summer

A thought on the AKB v AOB discussion on JustArsenal by KM

Arsenal fans seem to be divided in their opinions of late, regarding to whether we want Arsene in charge or we want a change. Now name calling is weak and I don’t like this “brigade” thing like we are some sort of sect, not just people with opinion, because at the end of they day all Arsenal fans want what’s best for the club.