Coquelin Arsenal’s Makelele

Last summer on the recommendations of Giles Grimandi Arsenal signed a young French midfielder from Stade Laval. As with most of Arsenal’s French signings Francis Coquelin was a mystery.

He made his debut against Barnet and also played against Szombathelyi Haladás.  Even though the opposition on both occasions was not top rate, Francis showed great potential.  He was not fazed by the stage he was playing at, he continued to play his normal game.

He breaks up play with ease, and strokes the ball around the field bringing in others into play.  He has continued to perform in this manner all season both for the reserves and the all conquering youth team.

Coquelin is not a tall player, he stands at 5 foot 10, but neither were Makelele nor Lassana Diarra tall, yet they are acknowledged to be two of the best holding midfield players in the game.  Many commentators have compared Coquelin to his two compatriots.

Coquelin is an aggressive player and will be looking forward to a place in the pre-season squad to Austria this summer.  He will be looking to show Arsene that he is not far away from first team football.  He certainly has the attributes to make into the first team, but not to become a regular at this moment in time.

This is the dilemma facing Arsene this summer, with young players like Coquelin, Frimpong, Randall, Merida and Ramsey all pushing for a first team start if not this season then certainly next season, who does Arsene recruit without curtailing their progress.

Give time Coquelin will become a regular starter for Arsenal and will be an effective midfielder, giving us defensive cover for the back four, whilst also contributing to our attacking play.

Posted on June 4, 2009, in Arsenal Players, Reserves & Youths and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Good article mate although I would have to say that Randall is shit… and Diarra is still no where near Makalele maybe Essien or Gattuso would be a better comparison. Coquelin played very well in the Fa youth cup final, best player on the pich… including Wilshere.

  2. Spot on post, Coquelin was outstanding in the FA youth cup final and looked a natural in that position.

    There isn’t a right solution to who can fill the void, though if Arsene ignores that problem again this year we will struggle for another year.

    Denilson & Song improved loads last year, though they are still not ready.

    Song went missing against manure in the CL semi’s and mentally there has to be a big question mark against whether he can deliver at that level. Denilson’s distribution is still not good enough at this level, maybe he will be the surprise next season and will add a constantly high performance.

    Let’s hope the boss finds the right balance or we will fail at the final hurdle again.

  3. Hmm, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Diarra is one of the best in his position. I am curious about this Coquelin though. I’ve been hearing great things about him. Also, I think the solution is to sign a fairly experienced player, late 20s early 30s. But easier said than done.

  4. Always fun to hear about upcoming players but what does this mean for the first team and our chances next season? – nothing. Forever forward looking is a scam.

  5. I think we should only sign a Centre Back (and that’s what Arsene is going to do). In Central Midfield, Denilson and Song will be far different from their first proper season in the first team. Besides, I don’t think Randal is shit, should he stay as long as Justin Hoyte did, its possible he will overtake Song, not Denilson.
    I also wish we don’t sell Jay Simpson, that boy will be a goal grabber in two seasons.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: