Arsenal need a back up for Coquelin not a replacement, says Ian Wright

The midfielder has firmly established himself as a key player for the Gunners and Wright is impressed.

Speaking for BreatheSport via Twitter, Arsenal legend Ian Wright says the club do not need a replacement for Francis Coquelin but a back up instead.

The defensive midfielder came into the side last season and has since established himself as a key player in the side, with his defensive nous allowing the side’s more attacking players to shine.

While he has impressed, it has been suggested that the side is still in need of a world-class defensive midfielder if they truly wish to be a side that can compete for honours.

Wright disputes that though, saying that Coquelin will become that and instead the side needs a solid back up option to the Frenchman.


“Given time, Francis is going to be the defensive midfielder Arsenal are going to spend £30m or £40m on,” he told BreatheSport

“People are talking about Arsenal needing a defensive midfielder; now I think they should be looking to get a defensive midfielder to back him up, not replace him.”

With Coquelin looking like he has nailed down the defensive midfield position in the first time with his impressive performances, the options to replace him should he get injured are limited.

Currently Arsene Wenger has both Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta as back up to the Frenchman, but neither player is capable of bringing the energy that he brings to the role and at present do not look like viable solutions.

That could see Arsenal look to bring in a new face to fill that role, or potentially bring in another youngster as they did with Coquelin.

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