Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Dinamo Zagreb clash
Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger says he won't know more about Francis Coquelin's injury until later on Monday
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will know the severity of Francis Coquelin’s knee injury later on Monday.
The French midfielder was forced off in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday evening.
Honestly I don’t know [about Coquelin]. I have to wait, maybe Monday, to see how big the damage is, at the moment he is on crutches
Wenger revealed that the 23-year-old midfielder sustained a knee injury against the Baggies in his post-match media conference which has left the Gunners boss short on options in midfield.
Coquelin’s replacement Arteta lasted 35 minutes before the veteran Spaniard had to be replaced by France international Mathieu Flamini after the break.
The north London side already have a lengthy injury list, which includes midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
Latest Arsenal injury update: Players out
Francis Coquelin (knee)
Mikel Arteta (calf)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring)
Aaron Ramsey (hamstring)
Theo Walcott (calf)
Danny Welbeck (knee)
Jack Wilshere (ankle)
Tomas Rosicky (knee)
And Wenger admitted that it would be difficult to rush players back into the Arsenal side in time for Tuesday’s clash against Dinamo Zagreb.
“It looks difficult to have players come back Tuesday night,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“I can rotate a bit within the squad but Ramsey will be short and Chamberlain will be short and they are the two closest.
“Honestly I don’t know [about Coquelin]. I have to wait, maybe Monday, to see how big the damage is, at the moment he is on crutches.”
Arsenal dropped to fourth place in the Premier League table following their surprise loss to The Baggies at The Hawthorns.
Their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are just a point behind Arsenal after Sunday’s 4-1 win against West Ham.