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Former Arsenal favourite Charlie Nicholas has urged the club to sell Francis Coquelin this summer.
The French midfielder has emerged a key player for the Gunners during the past few seasons and last week he agreed a new long-term at the club.
But Nicholas – now a Sky Sports pundit – is far from convinced by the 25-year-old and believes Arsenal should cash in on him at the end of the season.
“I don’t have a problem with him getting a new deal,” said Nicholas, who spent five years with the Gunners between 1983-88.
“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.”
“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 puts his value up and I would sell him in the summer when everybody is fit.”