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Arsenal Offer Midfielder 4-Year Deal, Wenger Eyes Schneiderlin Swoop
The Telegraph are reporting that Arsenal are set to offer Francis Coquelin a new four-year deal as Arsene Wenger plans to overhaul his central midfield options this summer.
Coquelin’s current deal expires at the end of the season and he had looked certain to leave the club after failing to make a breakthrough into the first team.
However, with Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere injured, Coquelin was recalled from his loan at Charlton last month and has excelled in the middle of the park in recent weeks.
The young Frenchman is now keeping Flamini out of the team and the Telegraph claim he’s set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract.
Coquelin’s revival will then see Abou Diaby leave when his deal expires in June while the club will try and find a buyer for Flamini – with the 30-year-old’s contract due to expire in the summer of 2016.
Arteta’s contract is also up in June but the newspaper suggests he’s already agreed terms over a one-year extension and will be retained to give us some experience in the squad.
The Telegraph go on to say that Arsene will continue to overhaul his midfield options and will follow-up the imminent signing of youngster Krystian Bielik by trying to bring in Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.
If we were successful in signing the Frenchman, then our central midfield options next season would be Schneiderlin, Ramsey, Wilshere, Coquelin, Arteta and Bielik, while the likes of Cazorla, Rosicky and Oxlade-Chamberlain are also capable of playing through the middle.
That’s a lot of depth, perhaps one player too much, but with Wilshere, Arteta and Ramsey in particular susceptible to injury, we certainly need a lot of options and I’d be more than happy if that was the state of our midfield at the start of next season.