As if Arsenal have not had enough injuries already this season – beginning this season, a major crop of Arsenal’s key players were sidelined with injuries of various degrees and the latest has been their anchor midfield star Francis Coquelin. In the game against West Bromich Albion, the tough tackler lost the ball in midfield and in a bid to desperately retrieve the ball, the 24-year-old France born midfielder twisted his knee and was taken out of play.
He was replaced in midfield by Mikel Arteta who subsequently picked up an injury. Among the aforementioned players, Coquelin will be sorely missed as he has emerged as one of the best defensive midfielders in the league. He reportedly left the Hawthorns on crotches. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quizzed about the severity of the injury and he responded that it is bad and he doesn’t know how long the player will be out for. Coquelin joins seven other first team players sidelined with injuries. Over recent seasons, the Gunners title quest has been marred by the injuries their player sustains and this season has not been different.
In the absence of Coquelin, his older compatriot Mathieu Flamini will be expected to take his place. The energy, power, pace and bravery of Coquelin will be sorely missed and they club must do well to step up the rehabilitation of other players else their title campaign might be an illusion.