However, a bid from North London seemingly never arrived for the defensive midfielder and Kondogbia instead later completed a switch to Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Answering in a Q&A session on Twitter, Collymore said that the Gunners should have signed him as he hints that the club are too weak in the central midfield area.
Should have gone for Kondogbia and Benzema @allen_gunners. With Cech, thats the jigsaw complete for me.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 7, 2015
In Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, manager Arsene Wenger has potential alternatives should Cazorla pick up an injury or suspension, yet can the same be said of the more defensive-minded Coquelin?
The Frenchman’s impact last season meant that he soon became one of the first names on the team-sheet, but question marks remain over his midfield competitors Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.
When Coquelin picks up an inevitable injury or suspension, a huge void will need filling and many Premier League observers such as Collymore feel the alternatives aren’t good enough.
Kondogbia would have been a clear upgrade on the alternatives, with an analysis piece published by HITC showing he may also have pushed Coquelin hard for a regular starting berth.