While many Arsenal fans worry about the lack of striking options at the club, beyond that guy with the jazz-hands that scores all the goals, the range of midfield options at the club right now is very encouraging.
The midweek game against Man City might have ended in defeat but any Gooner that didn’t take encouragement from seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin and Emmanuel Frimpong shine against more illustrious and experienced opposition needs their head examined. By a head examiner.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Arsene Wenger was keen to praise his youngsters while at the same time encouraging them to take their chances and fulfil their potential.
“If you look at the whole picture when you think him, Frimpong, Coquelin, Ramsey and Wilshere just in midfield – we have absolutely exceptional talent and it’s very important that we continue to develop them very well.”
He encouraged The Ox to work on the defensive side of his game, saying, “Defending is not his preferred side but unfortunately at the top level today you have Messi doing it, Rooney, Ronaldo, Van Persie – so why should he not do it?
“There is no other way to succeed anymore. That’s why, of course, I believe he has the quality to do it. He has the physical ability and he is not scared to go into challenges. He can take a challenge. To add that to his game will make him stronger because he will win some balls in areas where he can be dangerous.”
He praised the battling combative style of Frimpong but cautioned that he’s got to learn to use that side of his game properly. “He is a fighter and when he goes on the football pitch he does so to win the game”, he said. “He is a good character, a positive boy who respects people and wants to do well. He is full of energy so of of course it is important to channel that in the right way.”
Arseblog News is very fond of the Coq too. You may laugh but the young Frenchman showed that a season out on loan has done much to develop his game and despite not having the public profile of Frimpong, nor the expectation heaped on The Ox for his Englishness as much as his obvious potential, the unassuming way he gets on with his game marks him out as a player who could have a big future if given the chance.
We’re pretty confident that you’ll all become big fans of Coq, if you’re not already.