Arsenal's Francis Coquelin has chance to outshine former reported target Geoffrey Kondogbia

Two Frenchman could well go head-to-head in midfield when Arsenal face Monaco on Wednesday.

According to a report from Sky Sports back in July 2013, Arsenal were lining up a move for then-Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

The young Frenchman had been making waves in La Liga and was said to have attracted the interest of his countryman Arsene Wenger.

With the Gunners in desperate need of a quality defensive midfielder, the mooted move made sense, but when Kondogbia did leave Spain it was for Monaco, rather than Arsenal.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old will come face to face with his alleged former suitors when the Ligue 1 side take on the Gunners in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. And one player in particular may well be hoping to get the better of him.

That player is Francis Coquelin, who is unlikely to have got his belated chance to impress if Kondogbia had signed for Arsenal.

As it is, Coquelin has shown what he can do, excelling since the turn of the year and becoming one of the first names on Arsenal’s team-sheet.

Coquelin has started Arsenal’s last eight league games and it would be a huge surprise if he was not called upon when Monaco come to town.

It will also be the perfect chance for the 23-year-old to show his younger countryman Kondogbia that he has what it takes to compete with the best in Europe.

It is sure to be an exciting contest, with one personal battle in particular worth keeping a very close eye on.

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