Is Coquelin an option at right back?

Gabriel, Carl Jenkinson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all have designs on the right-back spot while Hector Bellerin recovers from injury.

But what about Francis Coquelin? He played in that role in the Youth Cup-winning run of 2009 and has made first-team appearances at right back too.

Coquelin is now established in the heart of our midfield, and Arsene Wenger thinks he’ll keep him there.

“It goes through your mind [to play Francis at right back],” he said, “but I don’t do it because I don’t feel he has the physiological profile of a full back - that is more on big accelerations, long-distance running and coming back. 

“Francis is a guy who is very explosive on short distances. Every time I’ve played him at right back, he’s had muscular injuries. I think you have to get used to that kind of effort and he does not have that physiological profile to do this kind of job.”


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