Last few days have been quite amazing on football for us Arsenal fans. I am still daydreaming about that win over Chelsea and can’t to see the boys in action tonight.
The only dampener on these few exciting days has been the injury to our midfielder Francis Coquelin. The Frenchman was impressive (who wasn’t?) in the game against Chelsea before he picked up an ankle injury in a tackle with N’Golo Kante.
Earlier reports suggested that the combative midfielder could be out for up to two months. He suffered a similar injury with us last season and was ruled out for two months. Following the game, Arsene Wenger revealed that the latest injury is similar in nature to the one Coquelin suffered last season.
He said: “He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom. That’s the negative of the day. We don’t know if the damage is as big, at the moment, we have to wait for 48 hours. But he left the stadium in a brace, and I’m a bit worried for that.”
We have two international weeks of the international break following our meeting with Burnley on Sunday, so that means that Coquelin might only miss two games with us.
The report claims that he could be back in the squad for our home game against Swansea City on October 15. Now, this is a huge boost for us as Coquelin was in good form in our last 2-3 games.
We do have a lot of options in our midfield at the moment, and that was very clearly demonstrated by Granit Xhaka in the game against the Blues.
However, the shorter the injury-list, the better it is for us. Our luck with injuries hasn’t really been great for a number of years, and we usually end up losing multiple players to injuries in quick successions.
Same thing happened to us last season when we lost Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla to injuries in consecutive games. Those injuries, in all honesty, derailed our campaign, and we never quite recaptured our form afterwards.
In Coquelin’s absence, Xhaka is set to be named in the starting eleven for our games against Basel and Burnley this week.
The Swiss international will be keen to make an impression on Wenger in Coquelin’s absence, while Mohamed Elneny is also waiting in the wings for some playing time.
It’s nice to have these many options in the squad.