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Francis Coquelin | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 163

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Arsenal have sold holding midfielder Francis Coquelin to Valencia for a reported £12m fee.
Coquelin was a massive surprise for the Gunners on his return from a loan spell at Charlton a few seasons back. Unfortunately for club and player, he was never able to recapture the form he showed in that breakout half season and he certainly never improved upon it. He could always be counted on to put in a shift and play aggressively but his penchant for reckless play and ill-timed dismissals as well as marginal passing ability saw him marginalized since the arrival of Granit Xhaka. Wenger has mooted Ainsley Maitland-Niles as a potential replacement in the squad once Sead Kolasinac has recovered from his current injury freeing AMN to move into his more natural holding midfielder role. Jan 11 - 10:30 AM

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has declared that midfielder Francis Coquelin has recovered sufficiently from his pre-season ankle injury to be included in the side for the Week 2 match against Stoke City.

Coquelin picked up a relatively minor ankle injury during the pre-season but appears to have recovered from that injury. It seems that, regardless of his health, he is currently considered a reserve at the base of midfield behind Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. He may be behind Mohamed Elneny in the pecking order as well but that is less clear. The expectation should be that Coquelin only starts in the event of an injury to either Xhaka or Ramsey and that he will likely be used to close out matches where Xhaka has picked up a yellow card heading into the final 20 or 30 minutes.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 01:39:00 PM

Francis Coquelin is likely to miss next weekend’s Community Shield curtain raiser against Chelsea after suffering an ankle ligament injury during the 5-2 win over Benfica.

Arsène Wenger was speaking after the narrow loss to Sevilla in the Emirates Cup, when he revealed Coquelin "has a scan tomorrow [Monday] and I don’t think he will be available for the weekend. It is not too bad." The Arsenal boss also confirmed Kieran Gibbs was struggling due to illness, the reason behind his absence this weekend, and that Alexis Sanchez would be joining the squad on Tuesday after doctors confirmed the Chile international was suffering from a bout of flu. Wenger played down injury fears over Alexandre Lacazette who appeared to limp off after 78 minutes on Sunday: "He was okay. I took him off but not because he was injured. It was an encouraging performance from Lacazette [but] he suffered a bit from the fact when we were a bit flat."
Source: The Metro
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:16:00 AM

Francis Coquelin has rejoined training and is available for Arsene Wenger to either start or bring in as a substitute this weekend.

With Granit Xhaka's form and discipline still requiring work, Mohamed Elneny away at the African Cup of Nations, and Santi Cazorla still out injured the return of Francis Coquelin to health is a welcome event at the Emirates. Wenger may or may not opt to start Coquelin so soon after he returned to training but the option to bring him in as a substitute if/once Xhaka picks up his first yellow card is a valuable option.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 10:22:00 AM

The Arsenal title charge faltered at the Vitality Stadium following a disappointing 3-3 draw against Bournemouth and another injury to a key player.

The Gunners waved goodbye to Egypt midfielder Mo Elneny on Monday after he left to join his international teammates at the upcoming African Cup of Nations tournament. Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin had been poised to cover during his absence, but the latter now looks set for a spell on the side-lines after limping off with a suspected hamstring strain on Tuesday. Fortunately, Aaron Ramsey is back following his recent injury but Arsene Wenger’s squad is beginning to look a little stretched. Theo Walcott has missed the last three league games because of a "minor" calf strain while Mesut Ozil [illness] and Kieran Gibbs [knee] were added to the list over Christmas - Santi Cazorla may have to wait until late February before a return to action. If tests confirm the injury to Coquelin is serious, then Wenger may be tempted to dip into the transfer market during the January window.
Tue, Jan 3, 2017 04:48:00 PM

Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey have both returned to training ahead of Arsenal's Week 8 match-up with Swansea.

Of the two, The Sun are reporting that Coquelin is the more likely to be available to participate against the struggling Swans and their new manager Bob Bradley. Arsene Wenger has had his holding midfield choices made for him by injuries to first Ramsey and then Coquelin with Granit Xhaka and Santi Cazorla getting the starting nods in recent weeks. Starting in Week 9 when all four will be healthy, Wenger's decisions get much more difficult as he looks to keep four players with solid claims to starting roles happy.
Source: The Sun
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 10:12:00 AM

Arsenal has received a major boost with the return of forward Lucas Perez and midfielder Francis Coquelin to training this week.

Perez missed the club's controversial win against Burnley before the international break after picking up a minor knee injury in training, but is now in line for a return against Swansea City this weekend. Meanwhile, Coquelin was originally thought to miss as much as two much, but will instead returned from a knee problem just three weeks after sustaining the injury during a 3-0 win against Chelsea at the end of September. Coquelin will surely be in contention to return to the starting lineup, where he will fight with Granit Xhaka for a spot in central midfield.
Source: The Mirror
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 06:30:00 AM

Arsenal came out on the positive side of injury news after Arsene Wenger revealed Francis Coquelin will only miss three weeks.

Reports suggested Coquelin could miss as much as two months with a knee injury similar to the injury that kept him sidelined for two full months last season. But Wenger said the scan did not reveal too much damage in the knee he injured in a 3-0 win against Chelsea over the weekend: "He is out for the game tomorrow, but it should be a short-term injury because the scan was quite positive and I think it will be three weeks out. It’s positive because last year during this period we got some bad news and a few long-term injuries and it was a handicap in our season."
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 06:13:00 PM

Francis Coquelin looks set to spend to a number of weeks on the sidelines after injuring his knee during a dominant Arsenal display against Chelsea at the Emirates.

The defensive midfielder failed to shake off the after-effects of a brave block at the edge of his area leaving him unable to continue. Coquelin has started all but one of Arsenal's Premier League games this season but this latest setback could mean an extended period out: "He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom," mused Arsène Wenger. "That's the negative of the day." The Arsenal boss was referencing a medial knee ligament injury suffered in November last year which keep Coquelin out for two-months. Fortunately, the Gunners have an adequate replacement in the form of Granit Xhaka, although with the news that Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss out again this weekend, they can’t afford too many more injuries.
Source: The Guardian
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:51:00 AM

Arsenal have chosen Francis Coquelin over Granit Xhaka against French champions PSG in the Champions League opener for both clubs.

Arsenal will line up as follows: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Coquelin, Iwobi, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Alexis. Ospina getting a start over Petr Cech in a critical match is a bit of a surprise given how poorly that decision went for Arsene Wenger last season. Likewise, Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was invisible against Southampton over the weekend, getting a start over Theo Walcott is a bit of a surprise given that Alexis will continue as a center forward. Wenger appears committed to the notion of playing a somewhat interchangeable front four with Giroud a change of pace.
Source: @arsenal
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 01:56:00 PM

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.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 06:21:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jan 28, 2016 11:35:00 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.
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 05:35:00 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