Arsenal fans have been waiting a long time for Arsene Wenger to see sense and realise that the team needs a real warrior to balance the creative and fluent side of the game. To be honest the Frenchman should have known because in Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva he had just that and Arsenal had great success with them in the centre of midfield.
Mathieu Flamini provided it to a certain extent but once Francis Coquelin was brought back early from his loan spell at Charlton, Arsenal fans have finally got what we wanted. The young Gunner has better technical ability, energy and vision than Flamini but the key thing is that he loves to get stuck in and defend and this is exactly what he will need to do when Arsenal go to West Ham this afternoon if we are going to come away with the points.
Arsenal are favourites at around evens, but with the Hammers being unbeaten at home for 8 months and the draw specialists of the League, I would rather go for the draw at 5/2. If you want to take advantage of that price then I would recommend that claim your sportingbet promotional code at promotionalbonuscode.com to get some free bookies money to bet with. I know I will!
But for the Gunners to even get a point, Coquelin will have to be on his best form to stop the threat of West Ham, and the playmaker Dimitri Payet is bound to be his number one target. I reckon Coquelin will be all over the talented attacking midfielder today and I would not be surprised in the slightest to see the Arsenal man leave something on Payet in the early stages to give him something to think about.
Depending on whether he gets an early booking or not, do you think Coquelin will be able to take West Ham’s danger man out of the game?