Steve Claridge comments on Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny's performances

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Claridge felt the midfield duo was offering Arsenal nothing against Watford.

If a picture summed up Arsenal's first 80 minutes against Watford it was this one of Odion Ighalo dancing through their midfield.

The Gunners were overran and outfought by a tenacious Watford who stunned The Emirates by taking a 2-0 lead, while Arsenal's late Danny Welbeck inspired fightback was too little too late.

BBC pundit Steve Claridge felt that the duo of Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny were simply not effective, and manager Arsene Wenger had got it wrong.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Wenger needs to change something. The two in midfield are not doing anything for them.

"Francis Coquelin is not having the best of games, and Mohamed Elneny doesn't look like scoring."

Wenger did take Elneny off in the 67th minute for Alex Iwobi, who hit the post in injury time, although Coquelin featured for all 90 minutes - and touched the ball 113 times.

After the way they disappointed together against the Hornets, Arsene Wenger has to decide whether he can trust the duo together away to Barcelona, but injury problems mean his options are very limited, with Aaron Ramsey picking up a thigh strain last week.

The game in the Nou Camp is a stage in which both players have a chance to really make a name for themselves, but with Arsenal low on confidence and winning one of their last seven games, confidence is low and the game could further sap their belief.

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