Even though he was doing brilliant things for Arsenal in the second half of last season, after the injury problems to Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta forced Arsene Wenger to cut short his loan spell with Charlton, there were still a lot of doubts about the French midfielder Francis Coquelin.
‘We are ready for a title charge’ by LPKMTY
There are plenty of Arsenal fans that do not believe we have enough to mount a credible title challenge this season but I am not one of them. I believe our squad is deep and dynamic enough to last the distance this time.
The former Gunner and England international Ray Parlour knows a thing or two about what makes up a successful central midfield and another of his specialist subjects is Arsenal. So it is always worth listening to his opinion on the current version of the Gunners and what we are doing right or wrong.
The most important thing and almost certainly the primary goal for the Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin in the coming season is to cement his place in the starting line-up for the Gunners. He does not even need to improve really, although that would of course be great news for us.
The transfer window, so far, may not have gone according to the script for the Gunners supporters. Most, if not all, of the fans were happy to welcome Petr Cech to the squad early in the window. For a change, everyone thought Arsene Wenger will move quickly and finalize his targets before the pre-season tour kicks in.
As opposed to my article earlier today, this article is going to be looking forward into Arsenal’s future, as opposed to looking backwards at what has already happened around Europe this summer! If we look at Arsenal’s summer, we’ve managed to sign Cech from Chelsea, as well as we’ve offloaded Podolski, Miyaichi and Diaby (and we have not re-signed Flamini either). That frees up 4 very valuable slots in our EPL roster, assuming Arsene doesn’t give Flamini another one year contract. We have also managed to loan Maitland-Niles to Ipswich, which I think will do wonders for the very promising young winger. Most importantly, we have not lost anybody of value this transfer window, which means that we are free to add to, and improve upon, last season’s squad. Gone are the days that we are looking to replace somebody each season.
I guess that Arsenal fans will soon find out whether Arsene Wenger really does think that another quality central midfielder is needed for our Premier League title push, or whether the boss feels that he has enough quality and cover in the shape of Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.
I don´t know what the rest of you Arsenal fans out there in cyber world think of it all, but I for one think that Arsenal ought to be pulling out all the stops to sign the France international defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton this summer.