Arsenal’s midfield has taken yet another blow with the news that Francis Coquelin has broken his nose during today’s 2-0 win over Everton.
The tenacious Frenchman has been a revelation since his recall from a loan with Charlton Athletic late last year, becoming the fulcrum of the Arsenal engine room. He put in another combative performance today at Emirates but unfortunately looks set to miss some matches after suffering a broken nose.
The defensive midfielder endured two nasty clashes, one of which was an aerial collision with Olivier Giroud and then again with Steven Naismith, crunching his nose on both occasions. Despite the 23-year-old’s determination to play on he was eventually pulled off after 87 minutes.
Wenger confirmed the bad news after the victory, Arsenal’s official website quoted the Frenchman as saying:
Yes [he has broken his nose]. I don’t know [how long he will be out], I hope not. I don’t know whether he will need surgery or not.
They told me he was bleeding but that he could stay on. The second time he was hit again so after that I had to take him off. I had been told by the medical people that he could stay on.
He wanted to stay on. He didn’t play here for a long time so now that he plays, of course he doesn’t want to come off the pitch.
Hopefully Coquelin will make a quick recovery, he’s been such a vital cog in the midfield. We may even see him in a Bendtner-esk facemask in the coming weeks.
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Get well soon Le Coq.