It looks like Francis Coquelin might have run out of time to prove his worth to Arsenal. With the type of talent Wenger has been purchasing in the transfer window, it is hard at first glance to figure out whether Coquelin can really…for lack of a better word, figure in Wenger’s plans especially considering he did not have a stellar loan spell with Freiburg.
However, there are many factors that are working in his favour. The most obvious one is that he is French and we are all aware that Wenger has always liked French players. I will not dwell on that. The next reason is he does not seem to have a lot of competition in his position which is surprising considering the spending spree Wenger has embarked on so far. Mikel Arteta seems like he will play a key role but he is not getting any younger and seems to be more and more injury prone. Almost all fans love Flamini for his ferocious tackling but he does have his limitations. The only other option is a 19 year old prospect who was bought for the future and is, as Wenger admitted, a major gamble.
Another reason is he is at an age where natural talent begins to blossom as long as he gets playing time. Coquelin is now 23 and only needs to look to Aaron Ramsey and Alex Song for success stories. If he can keep his head down and work hard, there is no reason why he cannot become a great player. He definitely has it in his locker. On 25 October 2012, he was awarded Arsenal.com’s Man of the Match in the game against FC Schalke 04.
As doubts continue to grow over Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin looks to have his heart set on Tottenham Hotspur, Coquelin will continue to have chances to impress in the first team. He needs to grab his chance this time around. Of course, one month is a long time in football and there is all probability a world class player may be brought in to fill this position but before then Coquelin should show his talent in the Emirates cup.