Things have not really gone to plan for Arsenal starlet Francis Coquelin since he signed a loan deal with SC Freiburg in the summer. The Frenchman was given to the Bundesliga side for a season long loan deal as they already had French team members he could blend in with - and perhaps as a potential sweetener to a future bid for Mathias Ginter.
But it has not gone according to plan for the player. He was played out of position on the left-wing to begin with, but now he isn’t playing at all.
He was off form from the start of the season and is now sitting on the bench for the club.
Today he was again on the bench, and had to watch a former Manchester City flop steal his thunder.
Team-mate Gelson Fernandes, perhaps best known for scoring the winner against Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is of course a former Manchester City player.
Fernandes cost Manchester City £4.2 million when Sven-Goran Eriksson took him from FC Sion in 2007 he was dubbed the ‘best young player in Switzerland’.
But after an average first season at the club he only played 485 minutes for City in 2008/09 and has since found his way to Freiburg via Saint-Etienne, Chievo, Leicester City, Udinese, Sporting Lisbon and back with first club Sion.
Today he scored his first goal for the club against Eintracht Braunschweig - as Francis Coquelin watched from the side-lines, only coming on as an 81st minute substitute.
Here is Fernandes’ goal, click to 3.43 and check it out. But you would do well to spot Coquelin anywhere near the pitch unfortunately…
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