According to a French publication, L’Equipe, Francis Coquelin will be out for three months with a major knee injury, but there are still conflicting reports are coming regarding the timespan the Arsenal Midfielder has to remain sidelined.
Coquelin picked up the knee injury in tackle with West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob during Arsenal’s 2-1 loss on Saturday leaving Wenger no other choice but to substitute the France international.
Doctors tried to Scan the injured knee but it cannot be completed because of the swelling. Although Daily Mail claims, Wenger’s key midfielder will surely be sidelined remaining of the calendar year, which includes 6 Premier League matches and Arsenal’s last two Champions League group stage games.
Doctors are apparently fearing Coquelin suffered a ‘substantial ligament damage’, which means the 26-year-old Frenchman now joins the lengthy injury list of Arsenal which now has of as many as eight players, placing them behind only Newcastle United and Manchester United.
However, French media outlet L’Equipe has more specific knowledge of the diagnosis, and they are saying, Coquelin will be out for minimum three months with the knee injury.
Arsene Wenger also believes the injury picked up by the inform Frenchman is much more severe than the injury suffered by Mikel Arteta in the same match, and admits he is not sure on the extent of either injury until the scans are done.
“We have two more injuries,” Wenger said after a disappointing afternoon. “One is a muscle problem for Arteta and the other one is a knee problem and I don’t know how serious that is but we will know certainly tomorrow, for Coquelin.
“Arteta is a calf,” Wenger added. Arsenal fans would likely have a different word for what exactly Arteta is.
Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already out with injury; the Gunners are literally prepared for a lot of ‘almost like a new signings’ in the New Year.
Good news for Wenger is the January transfer window is not far, so Arsenal boss can look for replacements in the defensive midfield position
The Gunners fans repeatedly slammed their French manager for not bringing in another defensive midfielder in the last summer transfer window and now for sure there will be more criticism if Arsenal struggles in their upcoming matches in the absence of Coquelin.
Not so distant past but merely 12 months ago, Coquelin was playing for Charlton Athletic in the second division of English football. And now he is one of the regular starters in both Premier League and Champions League. The 24-year-old French midfielder’s unique skill-set has now made him integral to this Arsenal starting eleven; it’s surely not an exaggeration to say that Coquelin right now one of the first names on Arsenal’s team-sheet and the severe injury to his key player comes as a big blow for Arsene Wenger.