Ian Wright reacts to news of serious Arsenal injury blow

Ian Wright cannot hide his disappointment after Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is ruled out for two months

Ian Wright has admitted that he was left “absolutely distraught” by the news of Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin’s knee injury.

The French midfielder suffered the problem early in the first half of the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon and the north London club confirmed on Monday that he is expected to be out of action for at least two months.

I am absolutely distraught at the news

Ian Wright

Coquelin has been a regular fixture in Arsenal’s first team in recent months since making the holding midfield position his own after breaking into the side last season.

And Arsenal legend Wright could not hide his disappointment after hearing the news of Coquelin’s injury setback.

Wright wrote in his column for The Sun: “When Francis Coquelin went down at The Hawthorns on Saturday, you could hear the groans from Gunners fans around the world.

“That’s how important the Frenchman has been to Arsenal – and that’s how massive the blow is to their chances of lifting the Premier League.

“The 2-1 defeat at West Brom was harmful enough to those hopes. But the loss of Coquelin until the New Year with damaged knee ligaments is the real kick in the guts.

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“I am absolutely distraught at the news, both for the kid himself and personally as an Arsenal fan.”

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

Arsene Wenger’s men must secure a victory to stand any chance of qualifying for the last 16.

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