Arsene Wenger admits he’s worried that Francis Coquelin left the Emirates in a brace but says Arsenal will have to wait 48 hours before the full extent of the player’s knee injury is known.
The Frenchman cut an energetic presence in the centre of the park as the Gunners raced to a two goal lead but was substituted on the half hour mark after twisting his knee blocking a shot by N’Kolo Kante.
Speaking after the game the boss confirmed that Coquelin’s injury has been sustained in the same place as a problem picked up last season.
“He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom,” the boss told press after the game.
“That’s the negative of the day. We don’t know if the damage is as big, at the moment, we have to wait for 48 hours. But he left the stadium in a brace and I’m a bit worried for that.”
Last season’s knee injury saw Coquelin ruled out for three months. Let’s hope we get some good news because that would be a real blow. In the meantime, Granit Xhaka could fill the void on Wednesday against his old club Basel, while Mohamed Elneny is another option in the holding midfield role.