Arsene Wenger was asked about his potential team selection ahead of Manchester United’s trip to the Emirates, and had some worrying comments about Francis Coquelin in particular, as reported by the Mirror.
The Frenchman claims Laurent Koscielny will not be fit for the game after suffering a hamstring injury against Olympiacos, and it looks like it could be out for a while. He also confirmed that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini were unavailable, while sounding less than convincing with regards to Francis Coquelin.
“Koscielny will certainly be out. He has a hamstring strain and it looks like it could be three weeks, something like that,” Wenger said.
“They are out,” he continued, when asked about Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.
“Francis Coquelin should be OK.”
Coquelin featured against Olympiacos, but was withdrawn in favour of a more attack minded Aaron Ramsey fairly early on. The fact that Wenger claims the French midfielder “should” be ok rather than giving us anything more positive is a little worrying, as it suggests he may still not be fully fit.
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It looks as though the 24-year-old will feature in the game, which is a massive boost considering we are without another dedicated defensive midfielder. But we badly need him to be at his best, and Wenger’s comments suggest that may not be the case.
Hopefully we are just reading too much into Wenger’s words, and Coquelin is fully fit and firing on all cylinders this Sunday.