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Arsenal’s French trio handed contract extensions 0

Posted on January 12, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have handed long-term contract extensions to French trio Francis Coquelin, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud.

The trio have endured mixed fortunes for the Gunners. Centre-back Laurent Koscielny is a mainstay of the Gunners defence, while Coquelin has developed into a steady performer in a defensive midfield role.

Giroud has hit form of late for the team from north London and has scored six Premier League goals this season.

Arsene Wenger happy with contract extensions

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy with the deals telling the media: “We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term.

Wenger reveals extent of Coquelin’s injury 0

Posted on January 05, 2017 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The 3-3 draw with AFC Bournemouth not only hurt Arsenal’s top 4 bid, but also saw several players pick up injuries or minor knocks, with Francis Coquelin being one of them.

The French midfielder was substituted just before the half-hour mark as he suffered a hamstring injury, but Arsene Wenger wasn’t able to determine how long the 25-year-old will be out.

Medical tests have now showed that the injury is more serious than first feared and the manager has revealed that Coquelin will miss around 3-4 weeks of action.

“He is out for three or four weeks now. Hamstring,” Wenger told reporters earlier this morning.

Francis Coquelin picks up hamstring injury in Bournemouth draw 0

Posted on January 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin could be out of action for a number of games after picking up a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with AFC Bournemouth. The French ball-winner came off inside of half an hour at the Vitality Stadium and manager Arsene Wenger revealed after the game that Coquelin might be absent for a week or two as a result.

Will Francis Coquelin start for Arsenal this weekend? 0

Posted on December 09, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin returns from suspension ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke City, and could well come straight into the side to match the physical presence of the Potters. Coquelin has been Arsenal’s chief ball-winner and might be key to ensure the Gunners aren’t out-fought in a key area of the pitch, but it could come at the expense of creativity.

Manager Arsene Wenger has a conundrum in the midfield this weekend. Granit Xhaka will provide some steel in the middle of the park, but the Arsenal boss has a choice between Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey as a partner. The two players have contrasting characteristics so the decision of who starts could a hint on the manager’s approach at the start.

Southampton knock Arsenal out of the EFL Cup 0

Posted on November 30, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal exited the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday night, as Southampton defeated the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The visitors opened the scoring with the first real attempt on goal on 13 minutes. Sofiane Boufal saw an effort blocked but the ball fell to Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie on the edge of the area and the former Feyenoord star struck the ball first time into the right side of the net.

Arsenal came back into the game slightly but failed to real threaten the Saints goal. The visitors were attempting to hit the Gunners on the counter-attack, although they too struggled to represent a real threat on goal.

Why is Granit Xhaka not starting for Arsenal? 1

Posted on November 25, 2016 by David Nugent

For much of the last few campaigns, Arsenal have lacked real steel in the centre of their midfield. Some would argue that French midfielder Francis Coquelin gives the Gunners that particular attribute in the centre of the park.

However, is Coquelin really ever going to develop past his current level? It seems doubtful. He does a decent enough job, but it’s unlikely he will ever be world-class.

Arsene Wenger brings in a defensive midfielder

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger obviously felt like he needed more quality or more bodies in the defensive midfield role and splashed out £34million on highly-rated Swiss international Granit Xhaka in the summer.

Coquelin admits Man Utd stalemate was fortunate 0

Posted on November 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin said he was relieved to come away with a draw against Manchester United given how much the Gunners were under the cosh at Old Trafford. Arsenal created few clear-cut chances over the 90 minutes and dealt with numerous attacks from United, but managed to fight from a goal down to level the game late on to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions.

Gunners duo back in training following injuries 0

Posted on October 10, 2016 by David Nugent

The international break is often a time when fans and managers of club teams are worried about their players picking up injuries. However, the international break has worked in Arsenal’s favour this time around as midfielder Francis Coquelin and Lucas Perez have returned to training following injuries.

Recovered from injuries

Coquelin picked up what seemed like a bad knee injury against Chelsea. However, initial fears of it being a long-term problem have now died down and he has resumed training. The Frenchman will be available for Saturday’s game against Swansea, a clash the Gunners are odds of 1/ 4 to win.

Burnley v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on October 01, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal head to Burnley’s Turf Moor on Sunday in the Premier League looking to continue their recent good run of form.

The Gunners have now their last four Premier League matches. Last time out though the defeated Swiss champions Basel 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium courtesy of a brace from Theo Walcott.

Their north London sides last outing in the top-flight saw them recorded a 3-0 victory over Chelsea at the Emirates, as Alexis Sanchez, Walcott and Mesut Ozil got on the scoresheet for the Gunners.

Arsenal v Basel Champions League Preview 1

Posted on September 27, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Swiss champions Basel at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night on gameweek two of the Champions League.

The Gunners head into this clash in good spirits having dispatched Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates in their last top-flight outing. Once again Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil were on the scoresheet in a superb display from Arsene Wenger’s side.

It seems that Arsenal have found form ,with the north London side now recording three consecutive victories in all competitions, while firing home an impressive 11 goals.

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