Arsenal to recall Coquelin to solve midfield problems?

It is bad enough that Arsenal continue to pick up injuries more often than Cristiano Ronaldo picks up a mirror, but we also seem to get a spate of players in the same area ruled out at the same time. Like having to face Borussia Dortmund without our two best keepers Szczesny and Ospina. Or losing the right back Debuchy and centre back Laurent Koscielny for the last few weeks.

And now it is the central midfield area that looks dangerously exposed, after losing Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta to long term injuries in the last two games. With Abou Diaby still not fit enough to feature in the match day squad, Arsene Wenger’s options are almost non existent.

Aaron Ramsey for Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini for the captain are direct and obvious replacements, although on current form they are slightly inferior substitutes, but Rambo looked a lot better against Dortmund and you would expect them to be adequate cover. THe problem is that after them, who do we have? Perhaps Oxlade-Chamberlain could do Ramsey’s job, although he does not have the same defensive discipline and then you are looking at academy players like Zelalem.

But the deep lying midfield role has even less cover, except for Francis Coquelin who was sent on loan to Charlton Athletic on November 3rd. THe good news is that it was for just a month initially, meaning that we can and surely will recall the 23-year old. With the run up to and during the festive fixture list, the French midfielder is bound to get a few chances to show what he can do in an Arsenal shirt.

So the decision to send him on loan could be a great one, as he has played and impressed in all three games since the move and is likely to start against Ipswich this weekend as well. Coquelin will return to the Emirates with match sharpness and hopefully self belief.

He might not be available for the visit of Southampton on Wednesday, but then we have Stoke next weekend with games against Newcastle, Liverpool, QPR and West Ham before the new year. So will Coquelin’s recall help the Gunners through this injury ravaged period?

Tags Arteta Charlton Flamini


  1. jermaineBryan says:

    CoquLam needs to take this oppurtunity with both hands it’s his chance to prove himself or be sold in january

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      He is well up for it. Dude is the best holding mid we have. It’s about time he got a real chance to show it…

  2. Dee@ease says:

    Arsenal pick up more injuries than Cristiano Ronaldo scores goals and he scores lots of goals!!

    1. supertuur says:

      Yeah luckily we do not have Vermaelen in our squad. He is out for another 5-6 months as he will undergo surgery. We sold Barcelona a lemon here.

      Coquelin could provide us with some short term cover until the Jan transfer window.

  3. Twig says:

    Unfortunately, it’s yet another Wilshere injury that you feel he could have avoided. He basically ran himself into the challenge. The Arteta injury is a big blow. He was gradually regaining his 2012/13 form. He even got an assist for Giroud’s goal! Hope his injury isn’t as serious as initially feared.

  4. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

    Sometimes life throws you a chance that you did not expect. Let us hope Coquelin can seize the chance by the nuts.

    Martinez surely did. He just cemented a goal keeping spot.

    1. Gundam says:

      Always loved the way Martinez moves around like Daredevil or even Spiderman. Just bounces around.

  5. Usmanov says:

    “Coquelin will return to the Emirates with…. self belief.”

    How long before that self belief vanishes after he is reminded that he is only an emergency stop-gap measure who might never get as much play time as expected?

    Is Arteta going to be out for long?

  6. Greg says:

    Who knows? This could be the big break that francis coquelin has been waiting for, to get his opportunity to “shine”! Coyg!

  7. henry12 says:

    So dissapointing, from Viera and Gilberto Silva, to recalling Coquelin from the championship.

  8. jermaineBryan says:

    It will only be for a month…
    I think we have the signing right infront of us (not schnederlin, not khedira)

    Gregory krychowiak

  9. dilla says:

    Should never have left. I thought coquelin did really well in preseason and looked like our best DM by a LONG way. Just hope he doesn’t come back only to be a benchwarmer next to poldi.

  10. supertuur says:

    Is the rate of injuries linked to the way arsenal play? Tiki Taka with small players in the EPL which is very physical. Tiki Taka works great for Barcelona in La Liga but how would they fare with injuries if they played in the EPL all the time.

  11. tissiam says:

    charlton have just anounced on their website that coquelin is staying longer after impressing!!

  12. Cashleycol says:

    Gregory krychowiak…. Can anyone tell me more about this guy please,,, the name sounds Polish and wouldn’t mind if he’s half decent,,, than Flamini……. Disaster waiting to happen….

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