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Wenger Confirms Injury Blow As Key Man Ruled Out Of Tottenham Game
Arsenal have been hit by a major injury blow ahead of our game with Tottenham as Arsene Wenger has confirmed Francis Coquelin will miss the League Cup clash.
Coquelin picked up the injury during our frustrating 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon after appearing to over extend his knee while landing on the floor.
The midfielder was able to carry on until half time but it was obviously too painful as he failed to appear after the break and was replaced by Calum Chambers.
Coquelin is now facing a spell on the sidelines with Wenger confirming to reporters after the game that he won’t make Wednesday’s trip to White Hart Lane – although he’s not sure yet how long the player will be out for.
When quizzed for an update on Coquelin, Arsene told the Mirror.
“It is a little knee injury, ” said Wenger. “I don’t know how long it will be – certainly not for midweek. I don’t know yet how long.”
It’s comforting that Arsene describes it as a ‘little’ knee injury. However, I’m sure that’s precisely how he described Danny Welbeck’s knee injury back in April and he’s going to be out for over eight months!
Coquelin being ruled out on Wednesday poses us with a huge problem as we have very few defensive midfield option to call upon.
We saw against Dinamo Zagreb that Mikel Arteta just isn’t up to the task of playing in big games anymore so I fail to see how he’ll be able to cope with an intense North London Derby – even if it is in the League Cup.
Francis will be joined on the sidelines by Gabriel and Santi Cazorla following their dismissals today but it’s the loss of Le Coq that’s really worrying.
Let’s hope Coqulein’s injury isn’t serious as we’re in real trouble if he’s ruled out for any length of time….