Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will be out for at least two months after suffering a knee injury during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday.
The news is a major blow for the Gunners - Coquelin has become a key component of Arsenal's midfield - but Wenger believes Calum Chambers could deputise for the injured Frenchman if required.
This is according to the Mirror's Darren Lewis, who attended Wenger's pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League group stage clash against Dinamo Zagreb.
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"We have players that can play in [Coquelin's] position," Wenger commented, before adding: "Chambers has been educated in that position."
Wenger also confirmed that Mathieu Flamini, who replaced substitute Mikel Arteta against the Baggies at the weekend, will be considered as a back-up option during Coquelin's absence.
It could be a masterstroke...
Chambers is a centre-back by trade - although he is also capable of playing as a right full-back - but appears to possess the technical qualities required to play as a holding midfielder.
The England international turns 21 in January and may not be deployed in midfield for some of Arsenal's tougher fixtures over the next couple of months - the Gunners go head-to-head with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea during December and January - but could get his first Premier League run out in Coquelin's position against Norwich City at the weekend.
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