The Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini may have had to sit on the bench yesterday, even though Francis Coquelin was not playing, and the Frenchman may have been thinking that his second spell as an Arsenal player may not have too long to run.
I don´t think so because if Arsene Wenger does not use the summer transfer window to strengthen the squad in that area, I still think Flamini might be our next best option.
Imagine us playing someone like Stoke at home and Coquelin has picked up a knock or the boss just thinks he needs a rest. With either Cazorla, Ramsey or Wilshere alongside him, Flamini just has to be a destroyer and there is no other player, bar Le Coq of course, that is better at that job.
It is not as if he costs us a lot or upsets the dressing room by whinging about lack of playing time, so why it be a good idea to do anything but retain the services of our combative Frenchman. After all he could even pick up a thing or two from watching his young team mate.
Also imagine, Arsenal fans, that the dreaded happens and we lose Coquelin to injury for a while and we have a big away game coming up. Who would you want in midfield if it was more important to not lose than to win?