Arsene Wenger has built a philosophy of football that anchors its style on the midfield being able to retain the ball and offer threats in attack creatively.
Former Arsenal star Charlien
ARSENE WENGER should ditch Francis Coquelin in the summer, according to Charlie Nicholas. committed his future to Arsenal last week, signing a new deal along with Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud.
The 25-year-old has established himself in Arsene Wenger’s midfield but faces competition for the enforcer role from new signing Granit Xhaka.
But former Arsenal forward Nicholas believes Coquelin is not good enough.
“I don’t have a problem with him getting a new deal,” he said.
“I’m not his greatest fan, but they don’t have many options in that position.
“Santi Cazorla is out for a long period, Mohamed Elneny is away and Jack Wilshere is on loan, so Arsene Wenger certainly can’t afford to let him go right now.
“However, when everybody’s fit and fresh Coquelin would be lucky to get in the 18. We simply need numbers in that department right now.
“He’ll do a job short term and after that you’d think they’d get a decent price for him.
“It puts his value up and I would sell him in the summer when everybody is fit.”