Wenger told he has some serious thinking to do at Arsenal after Coquelin injury

Garth Crooks says Arsenal should be concerned after Francis Coquelin picked up a knee injury at West Brom

Garth Crooks has warned Arsene Wenger that the Arsenal manager has some “serious thinking” to do after Francis Coquelin picked up a knee injury in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

The French midfielder was substituted early in the first half at The Hawthorns after picking up the problem as the Gunners slumped to a disappointing defeat by Tony Pulis’ men.

Speaking after the game, Wenger revealed that the north London side would assess the seriousness of Coquelin’s injury in the coming days.

Wenger opted to replace Coquelin with Mikel Arteta, but the Spaniard was forced off in the second half with a calf injury and was replaced by Mathieu Flamini.

And Crooks feels that Wenger will have to seriously consider bringing in a holding midfielder in January if Coquelin is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Crooks told BBC Sport: “I think that’s worrying, with the injuries as well.

“I think Arsene Wenger has some serious things to think about.

“If Coquelin is out, Flamini is a natural replacement, but I don’t think he’s what they need to get them where they want to be.”

Arsenal take on Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday night at Emirates Stadium.

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