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Season over? Arsenal hit by fresh injury blow
Arsenal’s season is under threat of imploding once again with the news that Francis Coquelin is facing up to three months on the sidelines through injury.
The midfielder was forced off inside the opening 15 minutes of our loss at West Brom on Saturday after suffering a knee injury while making a routine tackle.
Arsene Wenger described the injury as severe in his post-match interview and unfortunately it appears his fears have been well-founded as the Daily Mail claim that initial tests have shown significant damage to Coquelin’s knee ligament.
The club will undertake further examinations over the coming days but the newspaper says the 24-year-old is almost certainly out until the start of January and could be facing at least three months on the sidelines.
Sigh. Once again injuries have derailed what was a very promising season and I just don’t know how we’re going to cope without Coquelin over the coming months.
He’s become an integral part of our starting eleven and every fan knew we’d be in real trouble if he got injured after Arsene failed to bring in another defensive midfielder in the summer.
Nobody likes to say ‘I told you so’ but unfortunately this is all down to the boss. He took a huge gamble not bringing in any cover for Coquelin and now we’re left relying on a half-fit Arteta and Flamini.
Mikel suffered a calf injury at the weekend so even he’s set to be on the sidelines for a few weeks meaning Flamini is our only fit defensive midfielder. What a situation to be in when we were building a real title challenge.
Aaron Ramsey is back in training today but he’s not a defensive midfielder. Coquelin provided real protection to the back four and it’s going to be sorely missed.
Let’s wait for further news but being Arsenal, I think 3 months is probably the best we can hope for.