Well that did not take long Arsene! Just a few days after Arsenal fans were given the bad news about our seemingly constant problems on the injury front striking at the heart of the Gunners back line, with the German World Cup winning centre back Per Mertesacker ruled out for a significant part of the season, the Daily Star have reported that the boss may have already found the solution.
It helps, of course, if the solution is already at hand and if our midfield warrior Francis Coquelin is as good at playing in central defence as he has been at breaking up play in front of the back four then Wenger will be a very relieved manager. One of the big questions for Arsenal fans as we gear up for another, and hopefully more successful, push for the Premier League title was about who would be playing in central midfield, with the new signing Granit Xhaka fighting with Coquelin as well as Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny for a starting place.
Those options will perhaps allow Wenger to keep Coquelin training in defence as he revealed he has been doing of late, with good results in his opinion.
The combative Gunner said, “I’ve been playing centre back and I’ve been bossing it, you know.”
With Arsenal due to take on the MLS All-Stars tomorrow we might get a chance to see the versatile player in his new role. Do you think this could be the solution we need?