Coquelin replacement? Arsenal recall for Isaac Hayden could be the answer

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Should Arsenal bring back Isaac Hayden to fill their defensive midfield void?

Arsenal are in the midst of an injury crisis - just like they were a year ago, at a crucial stage of the season.

12 months ago they decided to recall Francis Coquelin from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic, and improbably it ended up saving their season, and millions in the transfer market.

Now with Coquelin injured for three months the Gunners are light of options in defensive midfield, and are considering playing Calum Chambers in the position.

There is one other option they could look at which would emulate their actions from a year ago - recalling a player from a spell on loan at a Championship club.

Isaac Hayden is just that man, and could be an unlikely but obvious answer to their midfield crisis.

The 20-year-old has captained the club at under-21 level and can play at both centre-back and defensive midfield.

He is on loan at Hull City where he has been in and out of the side, playing mainly in the defensive midfield role in which Arsenal need him.

Last night he was considered good enough to be selected for Hull's Capital One Cup quarter final clash against Manchester City.

Bringing him back would place plenty of pressure on him to replicate Coquelin's form, which could be tough for him, and next week's do or die game against Olympiakos may not be the best circumstance to throw him into, but over December there would be plenty of opportunity for him to show what he can do.

Hayden may not get a better chance to prove his worth to the Gunners than now, and Arsene Wenger should consider the option of bringing him back to add depth to the squad, and hope he could be the answer they really need.

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