Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update after Dinamo Zagreb win
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirms that Francis Coquelin will be out of action for at least 12 weeks with a knee injury
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will be out of action for at least 12 weeks with the knee injury he suffered during the loss to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
The French midfielder suffered the problem early on in the first half at The Hawthorns and a scan this week has confirmed that he will be sidelined for around three months.
And speaking after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Wenger confirmed that Coquelin is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“Coquelin’s injury is what we feared basically,” Wenger told his post-match news conference.
“We had the scan. Let’s be realistic and say 12 weeks. He doesn’t need a surgery. It is a medial knee ligament.”
Wenger also played down fears about striker Olivier Giroud’s fitness levels after he was substituted in the second half of Wednesday’s game.
Asked about Giroud, Wenger told BT Sport: “He had a little ankle problem over the weekend and I felt that he looked a bit tired, so I took him off.”
He also explained the decision to substitute Hector Bellerin during the game.
“Hector Bellerin he had a groin problem just before so I had to take them off,” he added. “We have five days to recover.
“I tried to compromise a little bit [with the substitutions] by taking off Giroud and not taking a risk with Bellerin.”
Latest Arsenal injury update: Players out
Francis Coquelin (knee)
Mikel Arteta (calf)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring)
Theo Walcott (calf)
Danny Welbeck (knee)
Jack Wilshere (ankle)
Tomas Rosicky (knee)
There was some positive team news for Arsenal on Tuesday night, as Aaron Ramsey made his return to the team from a hamstring injury and played the final 23 minutes in north London.
The Gunners could have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back available for the trip to Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal’s win on Wednesday means that the Gunners head to Greece to face Olympiacos next month knowing that a victory would send them through to the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.