While the loan deal of Johan Djourou at Hamburg SV did not come as a surprise some fans were certainly more perplexed to learn that Francis Coquelin was on his way to SC Freiburg on a season-long loan deal.
Now while the young Frenchman is certainly not a first team regular at the club he is something of a jack-of-all-trades who can provide cover in a number of positions when injury, a common problem at The Emirates, strikes.
Coquelin is now the third Frenchman at the Bundesliga outfit and joins a team playing in the Europa League next season after an impressive fifth place finish in last season’s campaign.
So while Coquelin will not be a great loss could there be another reason for the switch.
The Mirror intimated the other day that this could in fact be the case. So are Arsenal attempting to soften up Freiburg ahead of a move for the highly rated Matthias Ginter.
Ginter was first linked with the Gunners back in May and with good reason. The versatile 19-year-old can play in both the centre of defence and midfield. Since making his debut in January 2012 he has come on leaps and bounds to become a regular in the Freiburg first team and cementing a regular selection for the German Under-21 side.
In 2012 he was awarded the Fritz Walter Medal for outstanding young talent; a reward previously won by the likes of Julian Draxler, Mario Gotze and Toni Kroos if you are looking for a reference point on the esteem he is held in his homeland.
By allowing Freiburg to have Coquelin on a loan deal they are giving Freiburg a talented player to help them in their quest this season; and doing so on the cheap.
It is this sort of rapport that when the clubs come knocking at the door asking for Ginter should give Arsenal a head-start on what will likely be plenty of suitors.
Is it a deal that could happen this summer? Considering the injury to Thomas Vermaelen and the overall dexterity of his play I would have to say yes.
You can see the conversation now … ‘’Here is Coquelin now about your young man Ginter?’’
If the Arsenal interest is genuine then not asking the question at least for a player of this talent would seem a little counterproductive of the hierarchy.
Would you like to see Arsenal try and talk Freiburg into a Ginter sale?
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