The above became an iconic image as Francis Coqulin truly announced himself back on the Arsenal scene playing an integral part in the team’s 2-0 triumph away at City in the Spring.
From his return from a short loan at Charlton, Le Coq and Arsenal have not looked back as he played his part in a the surge to Wembley to complete a double FA triumph. For weeks we wondered when his run of form would cease but weeks turned into months and the question for many became not whether he would play in the heart of the midfield but who would play with him.
His success was welcomed by most Gunners but very few of us felt Coquelin’s form meant Arsenal should not buy another younger holding midfielder. Sadly Arsene Wenger was one of the few and whilst his faith in the Frenchman was not misplaced his faith in Lady Luck was and his faith in Arteta and Flamini will be tested. His luck may just have run out on Saturday afternoon at the Hawthorns and whilst rumours of 2/3 months are baseless until the player has a scan it is not looking promising.
In the meantime as the football world has prayed for France, the Arsenal part of that world will also pray for a particular Frenchman. Get well soon Francis and using the iconic image above with your obvious one word tribute of ‘STRENGTH’ here is Batmandela’s (@invinciblog) Coquelin graphic/screensaver:
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed as we await official news from the club!
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since.
He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, which he moved on in 2016 to concentrate on freelance writing and building Gunners Town, which he launched with Paul in 2014.
The objective of GT was to be new and fresh and to give a platform for likeminded passionate Arsenal fans wishing to write about their team. Dave still of course, writes for the site himself and advises the ever-changing writing crew.