Loaned out Arsenal star is dropped ... and his replacement scores!

Mamady Sidibe

It has not been a good weekend for Francis Coquelin, currently on loan with SC Freiburg.

Arsenal have sent plenty of young players out on loan for this season. 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 things have not gone well for the player so far. First of all, he has been playing out of position. The management at SC Freiburg have seen fit to start playing the defensive midfielder - on the left-wing.

But he has not adapted to the position, and has been one of the many underachievers as last year’s surprise package have struggled to continue that form into the new campaign.

They finished in 5th position last year, but are currently languishing in 16th place - with only FC Nurnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig beneath them.

And with that sort of form in mind, the club decided to make a couple of changes ahead of the game yesterday against Nurnberg - one of which was to drop Coquelin.

He lost his place in the team to Felix Klaus, and the 21-year-old made matters worse for him by scoring the first goal in a 3-0 away romp - which clearly shows that they don’t really need to be starting Coquelin.

The question might now need to be asked, should we call Coquelin back?

They are playing him out of position in Germany and now it looks increasingly likely that he won’t be playing at all thanks to what has transpired this weekend.

Maybe the time has come to bring him home, and send him somewhere more suitable.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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