Arsenal are facing a huge injury crisis, Arsenal fans and media alike are facing a nervous wait to discover the extent of Francis Coquelin’s knee injury. Coquelin damaged his ligament in the loss against West Brom and could face a long spell on the sidelines. According to reports from L’Equipe (via Get French Football) the Arsenal holding midfielder will “most probably” miss three months through injury.
Coquelin has been a key member of Arsenal’s side this season, and his absence will serve as a huge blow ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League encounter. With as many as eight key players out injured for the Gunners, Arsene Wenger is now facing a huge challenge to pick his best XI against Dinamo Zagreb.
Both Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are unlikely to face the Croatian side, while Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has been ruled out as well, after he picked up a calf problem on Saturday. “It looks difficult to have players to come back,” Wenger said as quoted by The Times. “I can rotate a bit within the squad but Ramsey will be short [of fitness] and Chamberlain will be short — and they’re the two closest.
“It is a difficult moment. In the past two games we’ve taken one point from six and that is very difficult and very disappointing when you’re on such a great run. We have to come back quickly and focus.”