Arsenal’s Latest Star Refuses To Sign Big-Money Contract

By on January 26, 2015
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Francis Coquelin is refusing to sign a new big-money contract extension at Arsenal until he finds out if he’ll be a first team regular over the long term.

Coquelin has been at the club for over six years and was expected to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires after failing to make the breakthrough at the Emirates.

However, a spate of injuries in the middle of the park meant Arsene Wenger was forced to recall the Frenchman from a loan spell at Charlton and it’s safe to say the 23-year-old has taken his opportunity with both hands.

Coquelin has been hugely impressive since returning to the side, and was outstanding during our 2-0 win away at Man City last weekend, leading to many fans feeling he could be the answer to our defensive midfield problems.

It seems he’s already done enough to earn himself a new deal at Arsenal as widespread reports claim we’ve entered talks over a big-money contract extension to secure his long-term future.

However, it seems Coquelin isn’t ready to commit his future just yet as the Daily Mail are reporting that he’s refusing to put pen-to-paper until he gets assurances he’ll continue to be a first team regular in Arsene’s side when Jack Wilshere returns from injury next month.

Coquelin is also understood to be concerned by on-going speculation suggesting that we’ll sign a new defensive midfielder in the summer, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Ilkay Gundogan continually linked.

The Daily Mail state that Coquelin does want to stay at Arsenal and is willing to snub interest from the Premier League and throughout Europe, but only if he’s promised he’ll continue to be part of Wenge’rs first team plans over the long-term.

It’s certainly a tricky situation as I’m sure the boss won’t be able to give Coquelin those assurances until he’s had an extended run of games in the side. As well as he’s done, it’s worth remembering the Frenchman has only started five games this season, so let’s wait a few months before we go branding him our savior.

However, on the other hand, the last thing we want is to see Coquelin develop into a world beater over the next couple of months only to see him leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

There’s no doubt that Coquelin is now miles ahead of Flamini for a starting spot so we’re going to see plenty of him in the side for the foreseeable future. Hopefully he continues to impress and we can persuade him to sign an extension soon, as it would be hugely disappointing if he was allowed to walk away for nothing in the summer.


  1. Delford Magaya

    January 26, 2015 at 11:08 am

    That is the thinking of the reporter, but the player is not thinking of all what the reporter is saying. He knows this is his chance to impress and if he does not do that, he cannot be judged by one game by any other teams. So the reporter as usual has his own thoughts. Wenger and the player knows what is best.

  2. Malaysian gunner

    January 26, 2015 at 11:21 am

    If I were Wenger I will say he is part of the first team.Then
    after the FM has signed on the dotted line,go and get a wc md.
    It’s about time clubs play the same game with players who think
    they are indispensable.
    Btw,it doesn’t pay to be honest.

  3. chris

    January 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I can understand Coquelin’s concern. And another thing – he played very well vs. Man. City (so did Mertesecker) but withing a tight, disciplined tactical formation. This is what senior players asked Wenger to do …. for a change ! He won’t find it easy to star as dmf if Wenger goes straight back to his beautiful attacking impossible dream.

  4. Karim Haruna

    January 27, 2015 at 3:34 am

    He had to stay and help the team cos he Hasgone tru many stress in arsenal team.this is time ant manager should see to it and give the chance to showcase his talent.

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