The Gunners are currently in California preparing for the Premier League season kicking-off next month, and will take on an MLS All-Stars team in the early hours of Friday morning.
In all likelihood, Arsenal could line-up with new signing Rob Holding and Calum Chambers at centre-back, after injuries to Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny.
Coquelin reveals new position on Arsenal's Snapchat? “Been playing centre-back, been bossing it." pic.twitter.com/OrcYE4WirR
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) July 27, 2016
Coquelin reveals on Arsenal snapchat that he trained at centre back today.
— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) July 27, 2016
That has forced Wenger to turn to Coquelin, who has played as a defensive midfielder since establishing himself in the squad at the start of 2015.
Coquelin’s change of position is likely to be just one of several short-term options Wenger considers, with full-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal among those who could be asked to fill in having done so in the past.
But, whether it’s short-term or not, some fans are terrified at the mere prospect:
Coquelin as a centre back. I want to die.
— TikaTakaWilsh (@TikaTakaWilsh) July 27, 2016
Coquelin to play centre back would be the most Arsene solution to an emergency. This is Arsenal FC not The Dog & Duck Sunday XI
— Block 12 (@rixwoodcock) July 27, 2016
Coquelin Is Arsenal's New Centre Back & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
— Ultimate Worrier (@ryan_defreitas) July 27, 2016
Francis Coquelin as a centre back? A new low from Arsene Wenger! Kill me now @ArsenalFanTV
— Jamie Denton (@jamieD1509) July 27, 2016
Swear I'm done if we start the season with Coquelin centre back. Hopefully it's nothing
— gooner (@goonerinho) July 27, 2016
Mertesacker is out injueed and Francis Coquelin says on snapchat that he has been playing at centre back. pic.twitter.com/nD3Y9wiTkY
— Arsenal News (@arsenalnewsAFC) July 27, 2016
What do you think? Would it really be that bad?