Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s manager, has explained why he started Francis Coquelin in Arsenal’s fourth loss this season 3-1 against Manchester City in the Etihad Stadium.
Wenger said: ” I started Coquelin because Per Mertesacker came to training yesterday sick. Also Holding had a tight strain and Debuchy just came back from a long term injury, and he needs more time to get back to his best form.”
Wenger added:” I don’t see any issues with playing two central defensive midfielders together. Whether you are a defensive midfielder or a defender, it’s the same thing. I don’t think this was the a reason of our loss today.”
On the other hand, Mohammed El Neny played as a central defender in Europa League and EFL Cup, and was ok with that position, at least better than Coquelin who had an awful game last Thursday at home against the Red Star Belgrade in Europa League.
Knowing that Coquelin was subbed off in Arsenal’s loss today to Alexander Lacazette, who scored Arsenal’s only goal against Manchester City.