I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who saw the comical side to Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong’s picture upload of his newly name engraved football boots, on social networking site Twitter. The boots which have ‘Frimpong’ etched into the stitches was the latest in a line of stories to arise about the young midfielder, and he seems to have the knack of hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Is Coquelin’s future in doubt at AFC? by Ash
Arsenal decided to let go off a lot of the players classed as ‘deadwood’ this summer, whether that be by selling them, loaning them or even releasing them in the case of Denilson, Arshavin and Squillaci, however I think one name that we were all quite surprised to see go out of the door was Francis Coquelin.
Ginter to Arsenal? by Anurag
According to the German newspaper Bild, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is chasing the signature of Freiburg’s young defender Matthias Ginter, who can also play in midfield. With Francis Coquelin already having completed a loan move to the Bundesliga side and Emmanuel Frimpong more than likely to be loaned out once again, the door is very much open for a new defensive midfielder at the Emirates, as well as another centre back, so Ginter’s versatility certainly works in his favour.
There is a transfer rumour in the press today that claims Arsenal are preparing a swoop on the German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. The target of the move is going to be their 19-year old star Matthias Ginter, who can play in defence as well as midfield. Only this week we learned that our French midfielder Francis Coquelin would be joining Freiburg on loan for the season, and there is a good chance that the two moves could be connected.
Loan move for Coquelin? by Ash
In recent days I’ve tried to stay away from the transfer window and the continuous speculation that is surrounding both Arsenal players outgoing and the rumoured targets for Arsene Wenger because quite simply its clearly getting a bit frustrating for Arsenal fans, however although this isn’t another piece of news that claims to be the latest on Gonzalo Higuain or the real truth on Maroune Fellaini or Julio Cesar, this article looks at a player that could soon be on his way out of Arsenal.
Au Revoir to Le Coq by AH
Francis Coquelin is a popular figure amongst Arsenal fans, however I’m not entirely sure why. Some like him for his talent, as he will surely be a future star, whilst some like him for his character. What is certain though is that very few Arsenal fans want the talented Frenchman to leave the club this summer; however this seems to becoming a very likely scenario.
Le Coq on his way out of Arsenal? by AH
Francis Coquelin is a very favourable player at Arsenal. His likable attitude and consistently good performances make him one of the best young talents at the club. However he struggles to get a game, and it’s no surprise when you have a midfield trio of Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla playing most games, and then after that Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky.
Most Arsenal fans seem to agree that the Gunners definitely need a top top top striker, a hard defensive midfielder and maybe a new goalkeeper to improve us for next season, but if Wenger finally actually manages to get rid of most of our deadwood this summer then we may need more than a few players to make up the numbers of squad players.
Just as an example, I have been looking at the midfielders that Wenger had in the squad at the beginning of the season after selling Alex Song, and here is the full list:
Surely Arsene Wenger will sign a defensive midfielder for Arsenal this summer, surely. I know that Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey have been doing a great job recently and that there is the versatile Francis Coquelin breaking through from the reserve ranks, but the need for a proper, no-nonsense midfield general has been stark at times this season.
I think that the recovery of Abou Diaby was a big factor in Wenger not buying a replacement for the departing Alex Song, because the Frenchman had time before the transfer window closed last summer. Even in January, when most Arsenal fans were thinking about who it would be rather than whether Wenger would sign one. There was Diame from West Ham definitely available, but Wenger obviously did not think he was the right man for the job.
Ever since Arsene Wenger took over as the manager of Arsenal Football Club back in 1996, the Frenchman has made the academy and youth development parts of the club very important. Ideally, Wenger would like to follow the Barcelona example of being able to field a whole team of players who have come through the Arsenal ranks.
This would be great for financial reasons, but also because it would mean the players would have huge ties to the club. They would, hopefully, be more reluctant to leave and would be more determined to help bring success. That is all well and good in principle, but it hasn’t really been working too well.
There is a story in the papers today about the possibility of Arsenal making a summer move for the 18-year old Nathaniel Chalobah. The defensively minded midfielder is currently on loan at Watford until the end of the season, and is hoping to travel with the England under 21 squad ti Israel for the European Championships this summer.
Arsene Wenger is not renowned for changing the set up of the Arsenal team depending on who the opponents are, and the Gunners should have plenty of quality all over the pitch to cause Tottenham all sorts of problems at White Hart Lane on Sunday. The case for allocating one of the Arsenal team to stick close to Gareth Bale is quite a strong one, though, because without him the Spuds would not be winning matches.