Loan deal useless for Arsenal defensive midfielder, as he is playing left-wing

Mamady Sidibe

Francis Coquelin is on loan at SC Freiburg, and they currently play him wide-left.

Arsenal were very busy in the transfer market this summer.

And while most people will reflect on what is look like excellent signings in the form of Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Ozil - the majority of their transfer dealings involved outgoings, not incomings.

The club have allowed a vast amount 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 was French youngster Francis Coquelin.

The 22-year-old utility player was loaned out to Bundesliga outfit SC Freiburg at the start of July, and his squad number was handed to Arsenal’s young summer recruit Yaya Sanogo.

The deal was originally seen as a ploy to get Arsenal to the front of the queue for 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.

But playing in a similar fashion means diddly squat if you are playing in a different position - as is the case with Coquelin.

During his time with Arsenal Coquelin played several positions including full-back and his favoured best position, as a holding midfielder.

Now if Coquelin is to come back any good to The Gunners they would hope he was playing in the right place on the park to do so.

But he hasn’t, as Freiburg have seemingly switched him to the left-wing.

Coquelin, who is predominantly right-footed, is now playing out wide in a four-pronged midfield - and he is not exactly doing so well in that position.

If Arsenal did want him back, I doubt it was as a left-winger, in fact I don’t even need to doubt it - we all know it.

They would have wanted him playing in the heart of midfield to really test his credentials in the centre of the action - can he play holding midfield in the Bundesliga, with the counter-pressing game making it one of the most difficult positions in the league?

That is the type of question they wanted answers for.

But now, with Freiburg seemingly set on him playing wide, what is the point in him staying at the club? Arsenal may as well recall him and send him somewhere that will play him where they want too.

Unless of course that is, Arsenal have already given up on him.

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