Wenger gives latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Tottenham trip

Arsene Wenger confirms that Francis Coquelin is out of Arsenal's League Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur

Francis Coquelin has been ruled out of Arsenal’s League Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday due to a knee injury, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The French midfielder was substituted at half-time during the 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime after suffering the problem in the first half against the Blues.

Wenger revealed that Coquelin has been suffering with a swollen knee but the Gunners are hopeful that the problem will not keep him out of action for long.

Wenger told Arsenal’s website: “Francis Coquelin will be out and we have no major problems for anybody else. It should be a similar squad.

“His knee is swollen and he is being assessed but we hope it is just a short-term problem.”

The Arsenal boss also revealed that defender Per Mertesacker is back available for selection after missing several games due to a chest infection.

Asked about Mertesacker’s fitness, Wenger replied: “He is available for selection, yes.”

Saturday’s loss to Chelsea left Arsenal fifth in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Chelsea after six games.

Arsenal travel to Leicester City in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.

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