Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has been recalled from his loan at Charlton Athletic with immediate effect, according to the club’s official website.
The Frenchman, who plays as a defensive midfielder at Charlton, had been sent out on loan until the end of November. At the expiration of that deal, Charlton had asked for a further one month loan which Arsenal had approved. But this new deal had included a 24 hour recall clause.
And this clause was triggered today by the Gunners. Coquelin will now join up with the first team squad ahead of the home game against Newcastle and is very likely to feature in the defensive midfield role alongside Mathieu Flamini. Arsenal are without the services of Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Arteta and Rosicky, all of whom have been sidelined through injury. This leaves the way clear for the youngster to play tomorrow.
Wenger will choose him over other academy youngsters mainly because Coquelin has some experience playing in the Leagues, having made 21 first team appearances for the Gunners as well as several more on loan to a number of clubs. As Wenger said in his press conference today, against Newcastle playing an inexperienced youngster is risky.
Coquelin will have his work cut out for him; the defence tomorrow will be a makeshift affair with a stand in center back (probably Debuchy). We will have to play our best football tomorrow, something like we did against Galatasaray, and prevent the opponents from getting any quality time on the ball; because if we concede possession and Newcastle mount a swift counter attack then I fear for our goal. But against the physical players of Newcastle whether we can pull it off remains to be seen.