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Francis Coquelin | Midfielder | #34

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 163

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Even after seeing red at the weekend, Francis Coquelin will still be available for the club's next Premier League match.
That's because Arsenal could have two FA Cup matches and a Champions League match against Barcelona before its next league tie. The midfielder earned a red card against Spurs in the 55th minute on Saturday after picking up two yellow cards as his expulsion seemed to spur on Tottenham with two quick goals. However, Coquelin will only be suspended for the club's fifth round FA Cup replay with Hull City on Tuesday. If Arsenal win, it looks as though its Week 30 matchup against West Brom will be suspended due to the FA Cup quarter-final against Watford. Mar 7 - 6:21 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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Francis Coquelin has been cleared to play for Arsenal against Burnley in the Gunners' 4th round FA Cup tie this coming weekend.

With a quick turnaround between the FA Cup match-up and Arsenal's next Premier League match in mid-week, it seems unlikely that Coquelin will play both matches so Arsene Wenger will have to decide where and when to deploy his returning holding midfielder. With Southampton, authors of a 4-0 win over the Gunners on Boxing Day, next on the Premier League schedule Arsenal will want to have Coquelin available for the occasion.
Jan 28 - 11:35 AM

Arsenal are returning to full strength with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both returning this week and Francis Coquelin not far behind after he resumed training this week.

There was no timetable given for how long Coquelin would need now that he has resumed training but the implication was certainly that he is ahead of schedule and could play in the not too distant future. Given the nature of the injury, he will likely need to build up stamina as well as his sharpness. With an FA Cup date with Burnley coming up at the end of January, a substitute appearance might be in order ahead of a return to Premier League action against either Southampton (Feb 2nd) or Bournemouth (Feb 7th). Leicester City on Valentine's Day seems like the worst case scenario for Coquelin's return.
Jan 22 - 5:35 PM

There is still more information to be uncovered but Arsene Wenger indicated that Francis Coquelin will be out for at least two months as a result of the knee injury sustained early in the loss to West Brom on Saturday.

The next few matches should be winnable without the holding midfielder but Arsenal will be hard-pressed to beat Manchester City and Southampton in late December without their first choice holding midfielder. With a lot of fixtures to come between now and the late-January best case scenario return date, Arsene Wenger will almost certainly be forced to go in to the transfer market to solidify this position.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Francis Coquelin left Arsenal's match with West Brom in the 14th minute and while the effect wasn't immediate, it was significant.

Arsenal supporters worst nightmare became a reality on Saturday as the club's only first team-quality holding midfielder left with what appeared to be an injury that will mean a minimum of a few matches out of action. The holes in the defense started opening with Mikel Arteta's entrance into the match and eventually saw the Gunners concede twice and lose to Tony Pulis' Baggies. Coquelin's injury surely means that Arsenal's already-slim chances of making it to the knockout stages of the Champions League are now essentially nil. A full diagnosis will have to wait until after Coquelin has a scan early in the week.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Francis Coquelin has returned to the Arsenal starting line-up after missing two matches through a knee injury.

With Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini out injured it isn't clear whether Arsene Wenger really wanted to start Coquelin or if he just didn't have much of a choice. The Arsenal manager will hope that his holding midfielder makes it through healthy and able to play again at the weekend against Manchester United. Arsenal's starting line-up for the match is Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Koscielny, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 02:58:00 PM

Francis Coquelin has been back in training for a couple of days after missing out against Spurs and Leicester City.

The French holding midfielder went out early in Arsenal's loss to Chelsea and then missed the subsequent League Cup and Premier League wins against Spurs and Leicester City. Ahead of the Tuesday Champions League match with Olympiacos, Arsene Wenger indicated that Coquelin had been back in training for two days and he would have to see how he has reacted to those sessions before deciding on whether to start him on Tuesday. With Manchester United visiting on Sunday, Wenger will likely be focused on having Coquelin ready to go for that top of the table clash.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 12:22:00 PM

Francis Coquelin will miss out on Arsenal's trip to the King Power Stadium in Week 7.

Coquelin will be missed as the Foxes boast a potent attack and the Gunners don't have a compelling alternative. Fantasy managers will want to consider the Leicester City attack even more so than usual with Arsenal being significantly weakened with the absence of Coquelin and the potential absence of Gabriel who will have his FA charge resolved today.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 07:22:00 AM

Arsenal will be without [at least] three first team players for the North London derby on Wednesday after Santi Cazorla and Gabriel Paulista were given their marching orders v Chelsea. Francis Coquelin also picked up an injury.

Coquelin was replaced during the half-time interval following an awkward landing which hyper-extended his knee, although initial reports suggest the problem is not serious. "It is a little injury. I don't know how long it will be. Certainly not for midweek," confirmed Wenger. Gabriel received a straight red having clashed with Costa. The Brazilian kicked out at the Chelsea striker after the pair had been booked - moments earlier - for a coming together which involved Koscielny. Then with the game slipping away Cazorla clipped Fabregas and having previously been cautioned Mike Dean was left with no option other than to send the 30 year-old off. Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane in the Capital One cup next week.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 06:02:00 PM

Rumored Arsenal and Manchester United target Sami Khedira is off the market after signing a 4-year deal with Italian giants Juventus on a free deal.

Arsenal and Manchester United both have a significant need in holding midfield. Arsenal have a need because they are thin beyond Francis Coquelin while United are equally thin beyond injury-prone Michael Carrick. Both clubs will need to look elsewhere as the World Cup winner elected to join Juventus according to an official announcement from the club. Arsenal and United have also been linked with Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin and Seville's Poland international Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 09:44:00 AM

Francis Coquelin continues to rack up interceptions and tackles but his fantasy value is held back by fouls committed and yellow cards, especially in big matches.

Francis Coquelin has been a revelation since he ascended to the starting line-up in mid-season. Coquelin is among the league leaders in tackles and interceptions on a per/match basis. His fantasy value would be higher, however, if he can start to take some of the fouls and cards out of his game. Against Chelsea he intercepted five passes, won two tackles and blocked a shot while participating in a clean sheet. Unfortunately for those who invested he gave much of that productivity back by committing three fouls and being cautioned. There is still room to grow given his relative inexperience in the top flight but it may well be that Arsenal need him to be combative in a way that is good for the team but not as good for fantasy productivity.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 11:17:00 PM

Francis Coquelin is questionable for Arsenal's trip across London after suffering a head injury in a collision with Olivier Giroud in the 2-0 over Everton on Sunday.

The extent of Francis Coquelin's injury is still being evaluated. He could require surgery that would keep him out for Week 28 and possibly beyond. He could also be ready to go in Week 28 with the assistance of a protective face mask. With Arsenal not playing until Wednesday, only fantasy managers who can make changes right up until that team's matches start should consider Coquelin for their line-up. Even then, they should only do so if they have a credible alternative to substitute in whose match starts at the same time as Arsenal's on Wednesday.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Arsenal supporters can breath a sigh of relief as Arsene Wenger announced that Francis Coquelin will sign a new contract with his current deal set to expire at the end of this season.

Talk about picking a great time to burst into the starting line-up at a huge position of need. Francis Coquelin's agent couldn't have scripted things any better as his client's performances since returning from his loan spell at Charlton have been a huge boost to an Arsenal team who has lacked an athletic, physical holding midfielder to shield the back four. Coquelin's leverage in negotiations is at an all-time high and he has certainly used that leverage to secure a good deal. Arsenal supporters hope that between Coquelin and Krystian Bielik that the holding midfield position is finally a strength for the first time since Patrick Vieira left for Italy.
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 03:55:00 PM

Francis Coquelin got his first Premier League start of the season and played well in a holding role next to Mathieu Flamini, his real world success didn't translate to statistical production, however.

Arsenal have been desperate for a holding midfielder all season with Mikel Arteta both frequently-injured and not particularly well suited for the job and Mathieu Flamini better suited for a reserve/squad role. Coming off a loan spell at Charlton, Arsenal may have discovered part of the answer from within with Francis Coquelin having been recalled to multiple solid performances. He has produced pretty good defending fantasy statistics in terms of tackles won or passes intercepted but his propensity for yellow cards and committing fouls has blunted his fantasy value. Still, it seems he is in line for a few more starts at least as Arsenal's first team returns to health and Arsene Wenger looks to complete some transfer business in January.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:41:00 AM