Arsenal loanee Coquelin named among 'Flops of the Season' in Germany


Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has an unwanted 'honour' from his loan spell in the Bundesliga.

Unfortunately not every loan spell can turn out as successful as Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell's.

The Costa Rican ended his season as a Greek champion, and increased his global reputation with a Champions League wondergoal against Manchester United.

A Gunner who cannot say he has had anywhere near the same level of success, is French midfielder Francis Coquelin.

Coquelin was a fringe player at The Emirates last season, who ended up getting frustrated with his lack of regular game time, and asked to go out on loan.

It appears to have been a backwards step for him in his career, or at best, a season wasted.

His destination was Bundesliga club Freiburg, who finished fifth a year ago, but this season has been a struggle and seen them dragged into a relegation scrap.

Freiburg, seen at Arsenal as a defensive midfielder, has made just one start in the middle all season.

The rest of the time he has been shunted onto the right wing or left wing, but even that has not been all that much - he has made just nine Bundesliga starts all season.

In fact in 2014 it's been disastrous. All of his appearances have been as a substitute, playing a combined 69 minutes since January 1, with his last game in early March.

All of that considered, it should not come as any real surprise that Coquelin finds himself named in German magazine SportBILD as one of the 15 'Flops' of the Bundesliga season.

The list, billed as the 'ranking of horror' by the magazine, is not put together on a whim; it's based on a statistical average of player ratings across the entire season, and picks out the 15 'worst players in Germany'.

Coquelin will surely simply be glad his time abroad is coming to an end. While a negative experience, it will at least have been a lesson in how tough it is outside of Arsenal. Being played out of position, it hardly seems surprising the youngster has failed to shine.

If the 23-year-old has learned one thing, it should be that he needs to knuckle down at Arsenal and not let what could be his last chance at The Emirates go to waste.

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