Thierry Henry: Francis Coquelin was lucky not to be sent off for Arsenal - roundup

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Relief is probably the primary emotion many Gunners fans will be feeling after the weekend’s events, with Arsene Wenger’s men having followed up the opening day humiliation at the hands of West Ham with a smart victory over Crystal Palace.

There’s no rest for the wicked though, and it’s now time to push on with the future in mind. Since there’s no better way to do that than speculate about potential happenings…here we find ourselves. Read on for the latest news.

Coquelin and his brains

Arsenal managed to get their Premier League campaign back on track with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace this weekend, but Gunners legend Thierry Henry still found a potential flaw that could have cost them the game.

The Frenchman highlighted Francis Coquelin as a player who could have been sent off in the second-half, having picked up a yellow card and then made a rash tackle on James McArthur.

Henry admitted he was fortunate not to have been given his marching orders, which would have obviously affected Arsene Wenger’s men, stating that he needed to be smarter and play with his brain.

"In the second half, since you come out and are still on a yellow, you do not need to commit in the way he did," Henry said.

"You have to be smarter, play with your brain. Go, put pressure, stop. He left himself exposed for a red card and he got lucky he was allowed to be substituted."

Ozil 'quality'

Meanwhile Wenger hailed the performance put in by Mesut Ozil, labelling the midfielder as ‘quality’. The Arsenal boss said he wanted the former Real Madrid man to score more goals this season, stating that he worked harder than many people credited him for.

The Germany international has come in for plenty of criticism during his stay at the Emirates Stadium. Perhaps this can be the campaign wherein he finally realises his potential.

Benitez on Benzema

Last but not least Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has dropped a huge hint over the future of Karim Benzema, and it isn’t good news regarding Arsenal’s supposed pursuit.

The former Liverpool man said he had big plans for the France striker. It can be assumed, then, that Wenger isn’t going to be taking him to north London anytime soon.

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