By 1970's Gooner
I don't want to be an I told You So but Francis Coquelin had an excellent performance against West Ham.
I am not surprised, I expected that he will get his chance and that he will probably solve our search for that elusive defensive midfielder we have been looking for. Has Arsene discovered the defensive midfielder we have been looking for?
His defensive and combative display in front of the back four is exactly what Arsenal have been missing. A defensive midfielder who would put his foot in when needed, go for the headers using his body as well as his head and distribute the ball simply and effectively.
Here is what Wenger said about him:
"He played very well, especially in the first half. He was very influential and then in the second half he fatigued a bit in the last 20 minutes, but he had a very good performance not only defensively but he also passed quickly, sharply and through the lines. Overall he had a convincing performance."
I would put him ahead of Flamini certainly now and it is up to Wenger to decide whether he would play with two protective midfielders or not.