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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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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. Oct 12 - 10:12 AM
Source: The Sun

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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
Oct 11 - 6:30 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."
Sep 27 - 6:13 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
Sep 26 - 4:51 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
Sep 13 - 1:56 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
Mar 7 - 6:21 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.
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