Francis Coquelin is close to becoming world class

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Now that the summer transfer window has opened, Arsenal fans will be expecting great things from manager Arsene Wenger if the last few windows are anything to go by.

The Frenchman has already added a player to his squad and what could turn out o be the bargain of the summer and a massive signing for Arsenal helping towards their push for the Premier League title.

Petr Cech's arrival from rivals Chelsea has stated Arsenal's intent for the upcoming 2015/16 season.


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Some fans argued that a goalkeeper was not something Arsenal needed to stress about as they have two already.

However, Chelsea captain John Terry argues against this saying that: "Cech can win Arsenal 15 points," which is not something just any keeper is capable of.

At the age of 33, Cech still has another good four or five years at the top level maintain his world-class label. Some Arsenal fans believe that there are other positions more vital than the goalkeeping spot, such as the defensive midfield position. 

Coquelin recall was the turning point

The recall of Francis Coquelin last year was perhaps the turning point to why Arsenal upped their game in the second half of the season.

For years Arsenal have struggled to replace that defensive role of Patrick Vieira and players like Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby haven't quite made the cut, due to injuries to be fair but nonetheless the position needs filling.

By no means for the majority of football fans would anyone compare Coquelin to the tall powerful figure of Vieira yet it seems the 24-year-old Frenchman is the first name on the teamsheet and a real key part to the end result of a game. 

The issue some fans have is that is Coquelin, dubbed 'Le Coq', was to pick up an injury, Arsenal are left with no one in that role who can play it as perfectly as Coquelin does.

The formations Wenger uses typically now have that defensive midfielder in front of the back four intercepting through balls and making challenges left, right and centre and this position has proven vital for Arsenal and the way they play, determining the success of a match.

It cannot just be a case where Wenger can switch around the formation if Coquelin is injured, despite having the depth of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Arteta and Tomas Rosicky who would all be challenging to get a spot in the midfield, as the defensive role has proven to be irreplaceable and there seems no one can do a better job than Coquelin.

Is Coquelin world class?

Coquelin would be a player who Arsenal would be closely monitoring over the transfer window if they didn't already own him, signifying that he is bordering that world class label.

There have been rumours of Arturo Vidal and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin and whether they would be moving to north London any time soon. Both of these players certainly offer that defensive role proving for their clubs last season they are two of the best in their respective positions.

Perhaps a move for one of the two would benefit the club because as previously mentioned, if Coquelin was to get injured, then the perfectly capable role of Vidal could drop into that role and the same with Schneiderlin.

The versatility of Vidal will be a huge advantage as the Chilean can play practically anywhere in midfield so if he was to sing he would typically get that central midfielder role that Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey play whilst Coquelin sits behind them.

There is some talks about whether Jack Wilshere can fill in the spot, as he has done for England over the last 10 international games. The 23-year-old Wilshere won his sixth man of the match in seven games for his country with a goal-scoring performance against Slovenia. 

Wenger will have to bring someone in whether it be in the defensive role, or that big named striker that fans have been crying out for ever since the departure of Robin van Persie.

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