Former Arsenal star says Coquelin should be sold

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal should look to sell Francis Coquelin in the summer.

The 25-year-old Frenchman recently signed a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.

However, speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, Nicholas argued that the Gunners should seek to cash in on Coquelin at the end of the season because they are then likely to have a number of other options.

The ex-Scotland international, who played for Arsenal between 1983 and 1988, has long been critical of Coquelin.

“I don’t have a problem with him getting a new deal,” he said. “I’m not his greatest fan, but they don’t have many options in that position.

“Santi Cazorla is out for a long period, Mohamed Elneny is away and Jack Wilshere is on loan, so Arsene Wenger certainly can’t afford to let him go right now.

“However, when everybody’s fit and fresh Coquelin would be lucky to get in the 18. We simply need numbers in that department right now.

“He’ll do a job short-term and after that you’d think they’d get a decent price for him.

“It (the new contract) puts his value up and I would sell him in the summer when everybody is fit.”

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