Coquelin can’t play but CAN help Arsenal beat Chelsea

Arsenal fans are not the type to get too excited about a January transfer window. We have good reason too. Just whisper the name of Kim Kallstrom and watch the pain in the eyes of any Gooner that happens to be close by. Arsene Wenger has signed a player at least, and in the area of the pitch where we most needed one, but I get the feeling that the signing of Mohamed Elneny has not exactly got tingles running down the spine of the Arsenal fans or the other players in the squad.

I sometimes think that completing the transfer of a big name player is almost worth the money just for the boost of belief and confidence it gives to a club and I still hope that the Prof has an ace or two up his sleeve. But maybe he does not need one, because the return of one of the many key players on the Arsenal injury list could give us exactly the same sort of boost.

That is why I think that the pictures on the Arsenal website of Francis Coquelin back in full training this week could have the same sort of effect that was felt when the Gunners confirmed the signing of Mesut Ozil. Think about how happy you are feeling about having this vital cog in the Arsenal engine room back and then think about how much more of a lift it will give to the players around him.

Ramsey is thinking of how much more freedom to attack he will soon have, while Mertesacker can stop having nightmares about how exposed he might be on the counter. Every Arsenal player will be feeling a little bit more belief that the title can be ours this season just because Le Coq is fit again, but will his return from injury ensure that Arsenal beat Chelsea tomorrow?

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  1. I take exception to the statement in the article claiming Ramsey will soon have much more freedom to attack with the return of Coq.

    Since Ramsey has been paired with Flamini he has shown almost no hint that he feels restricted from the attack in any way. His defensive discipline has been nearly non-existent. He clearly feels free NOW to abandon his defensive responsibilities and go forward at will.

    Whether this comes from Ramsey or Wenger I cannot know for sure.

    1. Really ? Non-existent ? You do know we was a main starter in the team when we won most points in England last year right ? You do know in his absence Bayern absolutely thrashed us despite having Coquelin and Cazorla in the team ? You do know that even Cazorla struggles when he’s alongside Flamini ? Fact is Ramsey is limited when he plays alongside Flam, and it’s normal because any midfielder who’s past 35 shouldn’t be starting as the main DM in a league that’s so physically demanding as the PL. Rambo is top class and his quality is justified by how much faith the manager has in him, if he were so terrible he wouldn’t have gotten game time when Cazorla is fit. Without him, we would be solely relying on Giroud to get goals, with him on the pitch the striker has less pressure and Ozil is given a lot more space to attack, in addition his partnership with our no10 is one of the reasons our German playmaker has been on fire.

      1. Goonerlad – Makes no sense.
        1. He was not the main CM starter in our team. He was a winger.
        2. It was not because of Ramsey’s absence that we lost the mtach. It was because of lack of defence.
        3. Flamini has been performing ver good. Not at Coquelin’s level but at a very high level.

        The fact is he is very immature to play CM. He bombs forward too much in search of glory rather than sticking to basics.

  2. Jan 24th 2013
    Just three years ago.
    Only Wenger remains 🙂

    Arsenal Arsène Wenger
    Villa Paul Lambert
    Chelsea Rafael Benítez
    Everton David Moyes
    Fulham Martin Jol
    Liverpool Brendan Rodgers
    Man City Roberto Mancini
    Man United Alex Ferguson
    Newcastle Alan Pardew
    Norwich City Chris Hughton
    QPR Harry Redknapp
    Reading Brian McDermot
    Souton Mauricio Pochettino
    Stoke City Tony Pulis
    Sunderland Paolo Di Canio
    Swansea Michael Laudrup
    Spurs André Villas-Boas
    WBA Steve Clarke
    West Ham Sam Allardyce
    Wigan Rob Martínez

  3. i don,t know if im the only one but somehow i was very surprised to say the least to see the picture of coquelin training!!

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