Related News

Related Club News

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin out for four weeks

Posted: 5 January 2017 Time: 15:53

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will be sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury, while also providing updates on a number of injured personnel.

The 25-year-old Frenchman had to be withdrawn after just 28 minutes of the Gunners' 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on in his place.

Speaking ahead of the Gunners' FA Cup clash with Preston North End on Saturday, Wenger said: "He is out for three or four weeks now, it is his hamstring.

"I say three or four weeks because it is a hamstring and he came off, but maybe we will have good news. He will have a scan today, but I always count three weeks."

Mesut Ozil has, meanwhile, sat out the Gunners' last two matches, with Wenger adding: "He is coming in today, and will be assessed by the doctor but he has been in bed for two weeks so I cannot imagine I will involve him on Saturday.

"It is flu, a throat infection - I don’t know exactly."

Wenger also revealed that Lucas Perez sustained an ankle problem against Bournemouth, while also giving updates on a few other key players.

"Well, we might have a problem with Lucas because he injured his ankle and I have to see how he responds to that but that is the only problem we have from the game.

"Coming back, the closest is [Theo] Walcott but he is still not ready, [Kieran] Gibbs will not be ready so I don’t think will be coming back into the squad."

On Santi Cazorla, he explained: "At the moment, he is far [from returning]. It’s not going as quickly as I imagined it, so certainly in January he will not come back."

Article by: TEAMtalk Media
Terms of use:

The comments posted do not reflect the views of Users are reminded that no misuse of this comment facility will be tolerated. Any abusive, racist, inflammatory, defamatory, discriminatory comments or hate speech will be deleted and the user banned.

If legally obliged we will hand over your information under the Protection of Information Act.

Please report abusive posts to