Should Arsenal consider a Coquelin and Flamini central midfield partnership?

Mathieu Flamini challenging Steven N'Zonzi

The Frenchman was impressive in the win over Tottenham and may be worthy of Arsenal changing their tactics.

This summer it had seemed certain that Mathieu Flamini was destined to leave Arsenal once again.

However, his performance in the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup may have just pushed him back into the thinking of manager Arsene Wenger.

While his two goals were unquestionably the highlight of an impressive display, his all round game was also impressive as he showed a desire to prove his worth to this Arsenal side.

One idea could be to use him alongside fellow midfielder Francis Coquelin to give the Gunners midfield a stronger defensive base in big games.

While Santi Cazorla has been solid in the middle of the park since last year, he is arguably better going forward than he is defensively, and is definitely a link the bigger sides look to exploit on the attack.

Putting in Flamini would eliminate that, tasking him and his compatriot to sit while the more attacking players such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey focus on the attack.

Extra defensive element could help Coquelin

While that would see them losing the creative flair of Cazorla from the side, or another of their options in that department, it could be for the better of the side having that extra defensive element in there alongside Coquelin, to help him out in the tougher games.

If not from the start, it is certainly an option that Wenger could look to use to try and close out the tougher games when leads are narrow.

While that would be against his philosophies entirely, it is surely something Gunners fans would welcome, and is something the likes of Jose Mourinho do to great effect by introducing the likes of John Obi Mikel in games.

Flamini is unlikely to be a regular starter again in the near future, but he has certainly provided enough evidence in his Tottenham display to suggest that he could be used to good effect nonetheless.

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