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How will Arteta contract affect Arsenal stars and transfers?

If I was the Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, I would be a bit worried right about now. Everything seems to be going against the tough tackling Frenchman, at least as far as his continued career as an Arsenal player goes anyway.

It is bad enough for Flamini that the football media constantly report Arsenal transfer rumours linking the club with various central or defensive midfielders, such as Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira, William Carvalho, Moussa Sissoko and the German Bender twins Sven and Lars.

Arsenal set to lose ANOTHER young star on a free transfer?

I was shocked enough last week when I found out that Francis Coquelin’s Arsenal contract was set to expire this summer, which means that he is now free to discuss new deals with clubs outside the Premier League.

I seem to remember, back in the day, when a young Mathieu Flamini was inadvertently allowed to run his contract down and moved to AC Milan on a free transfer, that Arsene Wenger vowed that he would never allow this situation to happen ever again. He broke that vow in the Theo Walcott ‘sign dat ting’ saga, but thankfully that one turned out okay, but the exact same thing has happened with Coquelin. Why did he send him out on loan without a new contract?

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.

DONE DEAL and Arsenal will make just ONE more transfer

There was a suggestion from Arsene Wenger that the Arsenal squad named to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday could include the name of the young Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik, who was supposedly in London to have his Arsenal medical at the end of last week.

The 17-year old did not appear in the squad, but any concerns that anything was stopping his transfer from Legia Warsaw being completed was proven false earlier today as Arsenal.com confirmed that the move was complete and included the first pictures of the promising player, who has been compared to our former captain Patrick Vieira, in his snazzy new Arsenal kit.

Man City v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ

I don’t particularly fear a game against Manchester City. Although they are a better team than us, there is never an inevitability like there is against the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd. There’s always the chance that we’ll come up on top against them and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do that at the Etihad.

But this game is going to be tough and we’ll need to put in a massive performance if we are to get a positive result. With Arteta and Debuchy injured for 3 months and Ramsey still coming back from injury, the team is going to be weaker than expected.

GOOD news on Arteta but can Arsenal REALLY afford to wait?

It was all doom and gloom on the injury front for Arsenal yesterday, with the media reporting that the Gunners were going to be without the key figures of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy for the next three months or so. But things are not quite as bad as all that, thankfully, as Arsene Wenger revealed in his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com.

How BIG a blow is surgery for Arsenal AND Arteta?

Oh dear Arsenal, it just keeps coming! In the space of a week the Gunners, who had just started to believe that we were coming out of the long dark tunnel of our injury crisis into the light of having a decent and strong squad, have lost two key players for most of the rest of this season.

The latest update from Arsene Wenger on the Arsenal.com website could actually mean that Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta could take no more part for us this season. And while that is obviously a gutter for Debuchy, whose debut season is down the pan after a second operation, it could be even worse for Arteta.

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 v Stoke Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Stoke Preview, predicted line up and score by KJ

After the hectic Christmas schedule, we’ve had to wait an entire week for this game which has probably been a much needed rest for the team. Stoke embarrassed us at the Britannia earlier on this season and I’m hoping the players are eager for revenge.

We’ve got a few players back from injury in Flamini, Ramsey and Özil. I don’t expect them to start but they should get minutes against Stoke allowing them to be slightly more prepared for the game at the Etihad next week.

Should Coquelin keep Flamini out of the Arsenal team?

Every Arsenal fan in the world was very angry that Arsene Wenger did not invest in a young strong defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window, especially as both Mikel Arteta and Matthieu Flamini were getting a bit long in the tooth to do the job for a club with title aspirations.

But of course Wenger let us down and (surprise! surprise!) both of our over-30 DMs got injured at the same time, but we had yet another surprise waiting for us. Our long-forgotten midfielder Francis Coquelin got recalled from his loan deal at Charlton and has performed at a much higher level than any of us remembered from his previous exploits at the club.

DON’T blame Wenger! Arsenal were BOUND to lose at Southampton!

Wenger is not to blame for Arsenal loss by Sam P

I am not surprised by the anger and frustration that has poured out of a lot of Arsenal fans since the 2-0 defeat away to Southampton yesterday. Not surprised at all, but still a bit miffed to be honest. Wenger out and all the usual rubbish was always going to be trotted out by the Arsenal fans who cannot wait for a stick to beat our manager with.