Francis Coquelin is out of Arsenal’s weekend trip to Leicester City.
The French midfielder suffered a knee injury in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. While the issue didn’t force him off the pitch, he only played one half before being sacrificed with Arsenal down to 10 men.
Coquelin has started all but one Premier League game since 28th December last year, but the Gunners will have to find an alternative this weekend but won’t have to look for other players to play much beyond the game against the Foxes.
Wenger said that Coquelin “is progressing well, but he will not be available for Leicester. He has a scan today but the evolution is quite positive.
“He might start practice tomorrow. He has a little chance for Tuesday, and a bigger chance for Man United. It is very difficult to be definite today.”
Thankfully the update is a little less vague than many we receive from the Arsenal boss, and it’ll be interesting whether or not Coquelin is available for the crucial Champions League game against Olympiacos on Tuesday night.
Arsène Wenger has a number of options for the game at Leicester. Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and goalscoring hero Mathieu Flamini all started the north London derby on Wednesday, while Santi Cazorla has now served his suspension and is available.
Only two of the aforementioned players can play in the middle of the park and any combination other than Arteta and Cazorla, which lacks any sort of dynamism, remains a possibility.