Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin out for at least three months – report

Francis Coquelin could be out of action for as long as three months, according to this journalist

Francis Coquelin could be out of action for as long as three months after picking up a knee injury during Arsenal’s loss to West Bromwich Albion, according to L’Equipe journalist Bruno Constant.

The French midfielder limped off in the first half of the north London side’s 2-1 defeat at The Hawthorns as Arsene Wenger’s men slumped to a disappointing loss against Tony Pulis’ side.

Arsenal boss Wenger said after the game that the Gunners would learn the extent of Coquelin’s injury on Sunday.

And reported Constant now appears to have confirmed Arsenal fans’ worst fears via a post on Twitter.

Constant tweeted: “Coquelin (knee) is without doubt out for three months. And as Arsenal did not recruit a defensive midfielder this summer… Same old story.

“The absence of Coquelin is much more serious than those of Walcott or Ramsey. The Frenchman was the key for Arsenal since January.

“Coquelin has been a regular fixture in Arsenal’s first-team since making the holding midfield position his own in recent months.

“Tomorrow, they [Arsenal] will announce that the absence is counted in weeks rather than months. Just like for Wilshere, Welbeck and others…”

MORE: Read the latest Arsenal player tweets

Arsenal return to action on Tuesday night with a Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners then take on Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Premier League next Sunday afternoon.

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