Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will miss tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup clash with Sp*rs due to the knee injury he picked up against Chelsea.
However, there’s a good news as Per Mertesacker returns in time to slot back into the side to help cope with Gabriel’s suspension.
Speaking about the Frenchman, Wenger said, “His knee is swollen and he is being assessed but we hope it is just a short-term problem.”
[Insert your own gag about Arsenal injuries and time frames here – we’re done].
It also seems like after two defeats in a week, Wenger is looking for his team to bounce back against the old enemy, and changes will be minimal with few inexperienced players in the squad.
“It should be a similar squad [to Chelsea],” he said. “I want to keep the squad together. We go game by game so I will make changes, for sure. How many?
“I’ve not decided yet. It will be quite an experienced squad with one or two younger players.”
One of those players is likely to be young forward Alex Iwobi, but it seems a place on the bench is the best he can hope for.