Carragher: Francis Coquelin doesn’t solve Arsenal’s midfield dilemma

Francis Coquelin

Francis Coquelin was instrumental during Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Manchester City.

Renowned pundit Jamie Carragher says Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is not the man to solve the club’s underlying problem, Sky Sports report.

Many observers have spoken out on the Gunners’ weak midfield in recent years and in particular the lack of an aggressive player who can play in-front of the back four.

A player in the mould of Nemanja Matic or Yaya Toure has often been sounded out as a necessity in North London, though such talk soon quietened following Coquelin’s recent performance at the Etihad stadium.

The 23-year-old was imperious as Arsene Wenger’s men produced an excellent defensive performance and thoroughly deserved their 2-0 victory.

Carragher, however, has his doubts over the Frenchman’s ability to perform on a consistent basis and feels Wenger needs to address the position if the Gunners intend on challenging for the title.

“Coquelin played really well against Manchester City. But if we're talking about Arsenal getting to where they want to be, they still have address that position in the summer, no question,” he explained.

The North Londoners currently lie in fifth spot in the table, one point behind Manchester United in fourth and 13 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The primary aim for Wenger this season is to secure Champions League football again next season, but he must start to think of a way to bridge the gap on the Blues and second-placed Manchester City.

New signing Gabriel may turn out to be an excellent addition at the back, but the one player Carragher and many other observers feel they need is a midfield enforcer who can press effectively out of possession.

Sami Khedira has often been mentioned as a name in the past, but fellow Real Madrid midfielder Aiser Illarramendi is another who could move on in the summer and he would be ideal for this Gunners team.

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