Francis Coquelin.

Arsenal receive Francis Coquelin injury boost

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Arsenal's defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has been declared unfit to play in their Champions League clash with FC Basle at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

Arsene Wenger confirmed the news today regarding the Frenchman's fitness, declaring him unfit for the next few weeks.

However, it's positive news for the Gunners as initial fears were that the midfielder could be missing months rather than weeks.


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Coquelin sustained the injury [knee] in the 32nd minute of the Gunners' home game against Chelsea when he and his opposite number N'Golo Kante came together in a challenge.

The injury to Coquelin's knee will keep him out on the sideline for a period of three weeks.

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This news brought a strong sigh of relief to all those in the Arsenal camp as it was originally feared that the Frenchman had aggravated a previous injury [to the same knee] that he suffered against West Brom last season.

That injury ruled him out for two months and left Wenger's side thin on the ground for midfield options.

Losing their first choice midfielder to injury so early in the game did nothing to hinder Arsenal's dominance, however, as the Gunners were in fine form, and the 3-0 scoreline is a perfect reflection of their performance.

On his side's triumph, Wenger said: "It's one of those moments in your life as a manager where you think 'today is a great day'."


He summed up his side's display by saying: "It's one of the best performances in recent years."

Arsenal are currently on an amazing run of form, and in their last three matches, they have scored a whopping 11 goals, whilst their defense has remained solid, having only conceded one during that same period.

The Gunners' next competitive match will take place tomorrow night at the Emirates Stadium, as they host last season's Swiss Super League champions FC Basle in a Champions League group stage tie.


It is unlikely that the injury will cause too much concern for Wenger when it comes to team selection, however, as this season the Gunners are really well equipped in the midfield position.

You can see some of the tweets posted by Arsenal fans below.

They have plenty of squad members able to fill the void left by Coquelin, with the likes of Granit Xhaka - who replaced Coquelin on the day of the injury - and a host of others ready to come in and fight for a regular place in the starting line-up. 

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