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Francis Coquelin | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 161

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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. Jun 9 - 9:44 AM

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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.
Apr 29 - 11:17 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.
Mar 3 - 10:54 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.
Feb 6 - 3:55 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