German side Frieburg are looking to cut short their losses by canceling the year long loan of Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin.
Coquelin has endured a terrible time in the Bundesliga with poor performances being a norm rather than an anomaly and it is believed that Freiburg would rather see the wages being spent on someone else. Coquelin has made fourteen appearances this season with three yellow and one red card his only substantial contribution in those games. His continuously decadent performances have drawn the ire of not only the fans but also the media as he was voted the third worst signing of the league.
His poor performances have been widely attributed to him being played out of position but it seems a rather trivial defence of a player who is known for his versatility. He had spent a considerable amount of his time with the Arsenal first team playing in the fullback (both right and left) positions and done quite well on most occasions. His versatility must have been an important factor that was considered before loaning him and it perhaps explains why the Freiburg hierarchy is so disappointed with him.
It is understood that the Freiburg management will be contacting Arsenal in the coming weeks to discuss the cancellation of his loan and Arsenal should be inclined to agree. Playing in a negative atmosphere wouldn’t be conducive to a young player’s development.
Coquelin’s future remains up for debate with his replacement Flamini doing a tremendous job and mounting a serious challenge for a place in the first team while also offering an alternative option to the players that are already available. It seems unlikely that Coquelin would get as many chances at Arsenal as he would like and his best chance of first team action is to look for another loan move. Manger Wenger will also be hoping that teams are still willing to take a punt on Coquelin despite his recent performances.