Arsene Wenger has confirmed that French midfielder Mathieu Flamini suffered a hamstring injury which led to his substitution during Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as per the club’s official website.
Flamini was reduced to a mere squad player following the emergence of Francis Coquelin in the Christmas period last year but he was given a chance to redeem himself during the midweek in the Capital One cup clash against Tottenham, due to a knee injury to Coquelin.
The Frenchman took the chance well, grabbing Arsenal’s two goals that helped the FA Cup champions defeat Spurs at White Hart Lane.
Following that display, Wenger decided to start him again against the Foxes on Saturday but that was cut short after the midfielder was forced off after 20 minutes, with the former Monaco boss confirming – after the game – that it was a hamstring problem.
This has come as a big blow for Flamini and Arsenal because he would have also earned another start in the Champions League on Tuesday. Now Coquelin is expected to return back into the team when he is fully fit with Mikel Arteta deputising for now.
It will be intriguing to see how Flamini succeeds in working his way straight into the team or if he has to wait for another opportunity in the Capital One cup.