Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update ahead of FA Cup opener

Arsene Wenger delivers the latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third round clash against Preston North End

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Francis Coquelin is set for a three to four week spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

The French midfielder pulled up in the second half of the game at the Vitality Stadium as Arsenal came from three goals down to earn a point against Eddie Howe’s men.

Coquelin has been a regular fixture in the Arsenal team this season and has made 17 Premier League appearances so far this term for the Gunners.

However, Wenger confirmed the injury blow at a news conference at Arsenal’s training ground on Thursday morning.

Wenger said: “He is out for three or four weeks now, it is his hamstring. I say three or four weeks because it is a hamstring and he came off, but maybe we will have good news. He will have a scan today, but I always count three weeks.”

Wenger also delivered some more team news ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Preston North End in the FA Cup third round on Saturday afternoon.

He continued: “We might have a problem with Lucas because he injured his ankle and I have to see how he responds to that but that is the only problem we have from the game.

“Coming back, the closest is Walcott but he is still not ready, Gibbs will not be ready so I don’t think will be coming back into the squad.”

Latest Arsenal injury update

Lucas Perez (doubt)
Theo Walcott (calf)
Danny Welbeck (knee)
Kieran Gibbs (knee)
Santi Cazorla (ankle)
Per Mertesacker (knee)
Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring)
Francis Coquelin (hamstring)
Mesut Ozil (illness)

On Santi Cazorla, he added: “At the moment, he is far [from returning]. It’s not going as quickly as I imagined it, so certainly in January he will not come back.”

Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 but failed to win a trophy last season as they ended up second in the table.

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