Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will miss Saturday’s game with Leicester City due to the knee injury picked up in the defeat at Chelsea.
While the French midfielder is said to be improving and could return to training tomorrow he’s still not fit enough to anchor the Gunners midfield.
“He is progressing well, but he will not be available for Leicester,” Wenger told his weekly press conference.
“He has a scan today but the evolution is quite positive. He might start practice tomorrow. He has a little chance for Tuesday, and a bigger chance for Man United. It is very difficult to be definite today.”
It’ll be only the second time the 24-year-old hasn’t started a Premier League game since December.
The Coq’s absence opens the door for either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini to retain their place from Wednesday’s victory over Sp*rs.
Arsenal are also waiting on the outcome of Gabriel’s misconduct charge with the FA set to make a decision later this afternoon. Should the Brazilian receive a suspension he’ll also be unavailable tomorrow.
“After Tuesday night we have no new injuries,” clarified the boss. “We have an uncertainty about Gabriel as his case will come forward today and we will find out if he is suspended or not and overall that is the news we have.”
The Gunners know that a victory on Saturday will safeguard the legacy of the ‘Invincibles’ for another season with Claudio Ranieri’s side the Premier League’s only remaining unbeaten outfit.