Arsene Wenger says Francis Coquelin will miss tomorrow’s game with Basel but won’t be out for longer than three weeks following the injury he picked up against Chelsea.
There had been fears that the French midfielder had sustained ligament damage but the scan, undertaken yesterday in North London, proved positive.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the boss revealed: “He is out for the game tomorrow, but it should be a short-term injury because the scan was quite positive and I think it will be three weeks out.
“It’s positive because last year during this period we got some bad news and a few long-term injuries and it was a handicap in our season. After you play always the same players and you lose a little bit of your edge physically. The fact is we have a compact squad, but of top quality, so to keep everybody together is a big plus.”
The Gunners have no further injury problems from the weekend’s win over Chelsea meaning there’s a decent chance Granit Xhaka could face his brother, Taulant.
“Xhaka plays against Xhaka tomorrow so it’s a family reunion,” remarked Wenger. “We know Basel well because we bought Elneny & I know them quite well.”
Olivier Giroud will miss the game having been sent off against Paris Saint Germain, although the boss suggested the Frenchman is still struggling for fitness and could also miss Sunday’s game away at Burnley.