Arsenal to start Flamini again after Coquelin injury blow?

Arsenal are facing a tough task tomorrow, as despite beating the spuds on Wednesday, the players are not exactly flying high after a slow and goal shy start to the season, while our Premier League opponents Leicester City are on a brilliant run of form and have taken the Premier League by storm.

Throw in a few injury problems for the Gunners and a game that might have looked like a reasonably assured three points for us now looks extremely tricky. The major problem facing Arsene Wenger is that Francis Coquelin is not going to be available after picking up a knock to his knee last weekend, although the midweek performance of Mathieu Flamini has given the manager a great option.

The Foxes finished last season on a high, winning seven and losing just one of their last nine games when they had seemed certain to be relegated. And their unbeaten start to the new season has been based upon the same principles of hard work, pressing, counter attacking and a high energy attacking approach.

It would have been the perfect game for Coquelin´s reading of the game and defensive ability but if Flamini can repeat his performance against the spuds then it will go a long way towards Arsenal being able to stand up to Leicester in the middle of the park.

Mikel Arteta, I´m afraid, has not got the legs to cope with the likes of Mahrez, Vardy and all hassling him on the ball and breaking past him at speed. So is giving Flamini another start the easiest decision Wenger will have to make all week?


  1. John Legend says:

    Flamini seems a straight away replacement based on what we have available.

  2. mohawk says:

    Let us be careful here. Flamini had a great game vs. spurs but he was NOT playing DM. Arteta played the DM role which allowed Flamini to go forward – thus the goals.

    Flamini has not played well in his last games at DM. Maybe his confidence will give him the boost to do well in that role also? And it seems likely he can perform at least as well as Arteta at this point.

  3. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Well at least one yellow card lol I think he will be fine tbh. He will be buzzing tomorrow and for some reason I hope he don’t get a gole lol just stay in position. Back 4 will hold most up anyway PC doing the shouting I think we will be fine. TW 2 A S 1 and I think ozil will Nick 1

  4. Robertthegooner says:

    Play Flamini up front as striker
    He is already tied as one of our leading goal scorers

  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    funny! ………cuz everyone’s buzzing arnd fLamini………….. This is Leicester we are talking bout…….. Don’t think it would be another Spuds B-Team…….a proper DM is neccessary for that game…… I’m not obsessed with the fLame’s spud dominance!

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      your a troll why would you be

  6. Twig says:

    Flamini played well in an attacking sense against Spurs…. doesn’t mean he’ll do so well defensively. I’m tempted to have him and Cazorla in midfield tomorrow. Ramsey and Flamini will be a bit too adventurous I think.

  7. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I believe it’s because of this game the Boss rested his first team choice starters save a handful of them. The starting absence of the duo starters of Cazorla & Coquelin will not be available tomorrow altogether. Therefore, the Boss might start a repeat of Arteta and Flamini at the Gunners’ anchor. And probably starts DM Kamara on the bench as Arteta’s & Flamini’s cover. My updated thoughts of the Boss’ starts: Cech. BellerinRhino’KoscielnyMonreal. ArtetaFlamini. RamseyOzilSanchez. Walcott. Now, ArtetaRamsey at the Gunners’ midfield base will be unlikely paring if the Boss wants to start Oxlade at midfield wide to the right. My envisaged Boss’ bench: OspinaGibbsDebuchyChambersGiroudOxladeKamara. Still my predictive final scores: LCFC 0-3 AFC.

  8. SoOpa AeoN says:

    who wants to see what Bielik Looks like at D.M on the pitch?…….. I DO

  9. Bumpy says:

    This is a tricky situation for Wenger because Arteta is the club captain. If Arsene starts Flamini instead of Arteta then this would surely be a statement that Areta’s status as captain is irrelevant (if it wasn’t already). It is a shame that such a good performance from Flamini against Spurs might have a very negative impact on another Arsenal player.

    1. Twig says:

      What needs to be done, needs to be done.

  10. keller says:

    Tbh either arteta or flamini is not good enough, but we got no choice really. Anybody he puts there should be supported.

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