Arsene Wenger has given us the latest update on the Arsenal injury situation and while the Frenchman had to admit that he is still largely in the dark as to the return date of some of the crocked Gunners like Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, there was some very good news for Arsenal fans.
The most encouraging piece of news was on the fitness of the fierce French defensive midfield star Francis Coquelin, who picked up some knee ligament damage in the Premier League defeat to West Brom towards the end of November. The original prognosis was that Coquelin would be out for 12 weeks and that could still be the case but the news reported by Metro is that he is already running again and that is very positive.
The sooner the Gunners have Le Coq back in the middle, the better, even though Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers have filled in for him admirably so far. However, I would not feel too good about either of them having to cope with the likes of Neymar and Messi when Barcelona come to town for the Champions League knockout stage at the end of February.
But if Coquelin is already running he will surely be back in good time to face the Catalan club and he could even have his usual midfield partner Santi Cazorla back alongside him when he does.
Wenger said, “Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now.”
That is a huge boost to our Champions League hopes, of course, and should make our chances of winning the Premier League title significantly higher as well, assuming Arsenal do not falter before then. Happy New Year Gooners!