Arsenal have been busy in the transfer market this summer.Wait what? No don’t double take - just the vast majority of their business has involved the outgoing rather than the incoming.
The club have allowed a plethora of talent leave this summer, with many going on free transfers elsewhere and others going out on loan.
One such player leaving on a temporary deal is French youngster Francis Coquelin.
The deal was originally seen as a ploy to get Arsenal to the front of the queue marked Matthias Ginter - but that has proved untrue. It simply appears Freiburg were keen on adding to their French contingent, and Arsenal were happy for him to play in the Bundesliga - where he would continue to play in a similar fashion to the way in which Arsenal desire.
Coquelin made his second appearance for the club in an exciting and often ill-tempered affair against TSG Hoffenheim yesterday.
The Baden-Wurttemberg Derby saw six goals, three red-cards and all the points shared yesterday - and Coquelin was one player to receive his marching orders.
Playing on the left-wing, he lunged in for a challenge whilst on a yellow card and received his second bookable offence in the 41st minute. You would say the decision was harsh, as he appeared to get the ball - however he received both yellow cards within one minute of each other, which leads you to wonder what exactly he was thinking.
In the end it didn’t prove costly, as the tie ended a 3-3 draw.
But it was not as bizarre a red-card as the first of the game. Sead Salihovic sent off just seconds after giving Hoffenheim the lead from the penalty spot - after a goalmouth fracas in the celebrations.
What a game…
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