Arsenal Boss Very Happy with Coquelin, But Still Looking For Another DM!
Ahead of the game against Sunderland, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come out to heap praise on midfielder Francis Coquelin in regards to his performances this season and has assured that Coquelin will continue to be a big part of his future plans, but also maintained that he is still in search of a solid defensive midfielder to lift some of the weight off the Frenchman’s shoulders.
As reported by The Guardian, Wenger had this to about his compatriot’s meteoric rise at the Emirates: “The world has changed. he appreciation today of the quality of a player is just down to the money you spend. If we had bought Coquelin at Christmas for £40m, everyone would say, ‘What a signing.’ I am sorry he didn’t cost any money. He is still a good player.”
On being asked if Coquelin’s performances have changed his transfer plans, Le Prof added: “It hasn’t changed a lot. What is for sure is Coquelin has shown he has the capacity to play for us and play a big part in the success of the team. I think nobody would dispute that his performances have been convincing and that he is ready for a fight – even if somebody comes in. Even if somebody else comes in, he will stay here. I extended his contract [in February]. That means I believe in him.”
Looking at his performances since being recalled from Charlton, I’m sure all the fans believe in him as well. However, what is more satisfying is that the club are still on the lookout for a defensive midfielder. Let’s face it, both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are past it and the team really needs more depth in that position in order to challenge Chelsea for the title next season.
Also, there will be instances where Wenger might have to play two defensive midfielders on the pitch, for example, when the side is playing away at one of the big teams. When you look at the big teams, they all seem to have two out-and-out defensive midfielders at their disposal, and I really hope Arsenal can bring in support for Le Coq in the form of Morgan Schneiderlin or Geoffrey Kondogbia.