Wenger lauds Francis Coquelin as Arsenal's defensive midfielder


Comments from the Gunners boss suggest they will not be making a move for another defensive midfielder this summer.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that there will be no new defensive midfielder arriving at the club in the near future.

The position is one that many have suggested that the Gunners need to strengthen if they are to be considered Premier League title contenders this season and beyond.

However, the success of Francis Coquelin in the role last season has seemingly impressed manager Wenger enough for him to believe that they don’t need another player in that position, with the Emirates boss quick to praise the Frenchman for 'doing a great job'.

“I think we have had that debate for a long time now, that Arsenal do not buy defensive players,” he told arsenal.com.

“Coquelin has [some of] the best defensive statistics and numbers in Europe. You watch football like I watch football and you will see that defensively, Coquelin is doing a great job.”

Do Arsenal need another defensive midfielder?

While Coquelin has impressed in the role for Arsenal, the major concern is what would happen should he pick up a long term injury?

The Gunners have a number of midfielders at their disposal, but are short of players who play that holding role. Mikel Arteta is the most likely replacement, but it has been suggested that he does not have the legs to compete as Coquelin does.

Similarly, Mathieu Flamini is also not of the same standard. With that in mind then, perhaps Wenger may be tempted into the market to find suitable back up for the Frenchman.

For now, though, it seems he is more than happy with what he has at his disposal.

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