Arsenal in BIG danger from Coquelin injury?

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans should be crossing their fingers this week and hoping that we get some good news about the injury suffered by our young French midfielder Francis Coquelin yesterday. But when was the last time something went our way on the injury front?

Our bad luck was in evidence once again during the game, firstly with the accidental clash between Coquelin and Giroud that broke the young player´s nose and left him bleeding and in pain, and then when the ball hit him in the same spot after he had been patched up to carry on. Maybe that second blow will prove critical as well, although Wenger admitted that he is still not sure whether Coquelin will need an operation or not. reported the boss saying, “Yes [he has broken his nose]. I don’t know [how long he will be out], I hope not. I don’t know whether he will need surgery or not.

“They told me he was bleeding but that he could stay on. The second time he was hit again so after that I had to take him off. I had been told by the medical people that he could stay on.

“He wanted to stay on. He didn’t play here for a long time so now that he plays, of course he doesn’t want to come off the pitch.”

Surgery would mean a lengthy spell out of the team for Coquelin and that would be a real downer for him and Arsenal, even if Mathieu Flamini does recover in time to fill in. Coquelin has been a real revelation and yesterday proved himself again after a rare poor game against Monaco. With Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta still unavailable the Gunners really need the extra midfield strength he offers. Here are the latest Premier League stats from

We really need the youngster for the FA cup game with Man United, the Champions League second leg in Monaco and of course the Premier League run in. How much could it damage Arsenal to be without him?

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  1. fred cowardly says:

    We NEED him

    Flamini isn’t up to the job.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      flamini is injured anyway

      1. fred cowardly says:

        I wasn’t aware. So, if we lost Coquelin then we have Coquelin, Arteta, Flamini, diaby out

        Not good.

        1. muffdiver says:

          diabys out? since when?
          i give up

          been meaning to learn the guitar anyway

          1. Tidan2 says:

            Since 6 years ago… they don’t even bother updating us on what his injury is anymore because he is out so much. Feel sorry for the guy but it really is time for him to retire and try his hand at coaching.

    2. fred cowardly says:

      Seriously, this is why we need to get another DM in the summer. Every season we are plagued with injuries. We need two top players in every position really

      I would say we could use a top Striker, top DM and another top CB. We are fine in RB (Debuchy, Bellerin) LB (Gibbs, Monreal), CAM (Ozil, Cazorla, Rosicky), wingers (Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck, Ozil, Oxlade).

      Mertsacker and Flamini are not good anymore
      Diaby hardly ever plays
      Arteta is aging and not as good as Rosicky
      Wilshere seems to have lost it.
      Giroud is good but not WC
      Welbeck is faster than Giroud but not a great finisher.

      In an ideal world, I would love another winger like Reus but with £50 million we are limited on who we can get

      1. Bigvalbowski says:

        If AW makes some aggressive roster moves this summer Arsenal can afford a Schenderlien, Dybala, Varane type window.

        1. Bigvalbowski says:

          This, although contrarian to AW’S genuine distaste for transfer window activity would be my summer roster moves…

          Abdul Raham Abba(Augsburg LB)….$8M
          Fabian Scharr….FREE




          Approximateky $35M spent, well within the allocated summer budget

          Are any of the above guaranteed 1st team selections for the future? Nope
          Can they be replaced with better players without breaking the bank? Yep

          And if Athletico decides to pounce on Santi with an astronomical offer, then Marco Reus is definitely in play.

          If Arsenal do achieve the top 4 by seasons end I do think its time to seriously retool the roster, primarily because the Gunners current style, tean balance, and quality just isn’t appealing or intetesting from this fans perspective.

          1. SoOpa AeoN says:

            @Bigvalbowski…… WOW! Finally a player from the house of rahman…BehoLd! “Abdul Rahman Abba” …….. Hafiz rahman must be loving this!

          2. Bigvalbowski says:


            In all seriousness, he is a young, stud left back in the Bundesliga.

          3. g00ner4lyf says:

            Back on Football Manager son.

    3. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Time to unLeash that fiery mask ………..c’mon Le coq

  2. Gunner says:

    still think Monreal is capable of plying that role of DM…

    1. muffdiver says:

      still think whatever drugs u are smoking- u should share with ur fellow gooners

      1. Gunner says:

        he be better than flamini…

        1. muffdiver says:

          ….at mario kart

  3. Aamay says:

    Get well soon bro…The matches against Manure and monaco are of great importance to our season..We need everyone in full swing now..Its the high voltage time of the year…COYG..

    1. fred cowardly says:

      That’s true. Chelsea’s trophy Win on Sunday got me jealous and hungry for a trophy

      Wenger should have made all Arsenal players watch Chelsea’s trophy celebration to motivate them.

      We lost to United but we can beat then even away.

      It’s not impossible for us to beat Monaco by 3 or 4
      We nearly did it to Bayern Munich a few years ago.

  4. ger burke says:

    this is what is called karma , folks !. it is not too long ago that we had BOB THE GOB writing an article here having a good laugh at one of our opponents for being out injured , i think it was a sounthamptom player he was laughing at . so here we are , being paid back for this clowns woeful choice of writing . you get what you deserve in this life , eh bob ?.

  5. SG44 says:

    Give him “the Mask”

    1. muffdiver says:

      worked for jim carrey

  6. Matt says:

    He may have to wear a face mask, I think he’ll be okay, I remember the same thing happened to Rosicky away at Villa last season and he played the next game, broken noses aren’t the end of the world for a player I don’t think there’s too much cause for concern, hope he makes the United game though.

  7. optimisticgooner says:

    Assuming dat coquelin is out and no one returns from injury we have few players who can play in dose 2 anchoring midfield position in 4-2-3-1 . It could b any 2 of Cazorla rosicky ox and chambers. However none of Dem are naturally made for dis job and so I expect a change of formation from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 Wid rosicky and welbeck coming in for coquelin and ozil respectively.

  8. Bigvalbowski says:

    Sadly for Le Coq that was Girouds best attempted header all game.

  9. romeo says:

    In spite of Le Coqs emergence, I still think that our midfield displays have been questionable of late.

    I can’t see any balance in the team with both Cazorla and Özil in the starting line up, it’s much too attacking. In my opinion, Özil, should be dropped from the No 10 role for cazorla who had been playing like a God prior to ozils return and we should have our two holding midfield players, similar to the way we played against City (it was Ramsey and Le Coq that day).

    This allows more freedom for the front 3 as well as rotation for players like ozil, who I don’t think is energetic or influential enough to be a 90min player.

    Ramsey gets a lot of stick, but his endless energy in midfield is undeniable and it’s clear from actually watching us play, he provides a clear balance to the team. There’s a reason wenger starts him at every opportunity.

    It just seems as though arsenal performances have been lacklustre since ozil has been thrown back into the No.10 role and I think it’s because with Santi at no 10, and Ramsey alongside Le Coq holding, arsenal apply much more pressure higher up the pitch and win the ball back quicker, a feature that was key to our recent return to form.

    Against Everton yesterday, as soon as Rosicky came on and started pressuring the back four, arsenal had 2 or 3 great chances in just 15mins. It’s a method that works and I’d love to see us playing with that desire again.

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      @romeo….. I can sense ur utter hate and distaste for oziL ……get over it man!…. Aside his weakness, he’s integral to this team, plus who creates more goal scoring chances than ozil? ….so far this season, who have made more assists than ozil?

      1. romeo says:

        I don’t hate ozil at all, I actually think he’s a quality player who connects defence and attack brilliantly when on song. That said, I think we had been playing so well with cazorla at no.10, it was unfair that ozil walked straight into the team and displaced Caz the way he did.

      2. NY_Gunner says:

        Sorry dude. But Fab beats out Mesut, hands down…

        1. th14 says:

          Sorry dude but mourinho beats wenger hands down

  10. HA559 says:

    This could be a blow, maybe he will have a special mask on to play. We also need to get Monreal back into the team for Gibbs. Gibbs is a big defensive liability, and I hope he doesn’t play against neither Manure or Monaco in return leg. He is out of position so many times, and doesn’t respond quick enough to when we lose the ball, because he has already spent so much energy focusing on attack.

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Would love to see Le Coq sporting the old school Kane mask from WWF days past. Lol

  11. SoOpa AeoN says:

    @True.Gooner ……..Talking bout what we got in our team (ARSENAL), not one of chelsea’s new property ……we’d layed countless of blames on wenger 4 not bringing the prodigal son back …. Do we still do that these days?

  12. Invincibles49 says:

    Chambers can fill in for a while i am sure!

  13. g00ner4lyf says:

    Anyone up for seeing how Bielik copes? Probably too raw i’m guessing.

  14. FFFanatic says:

    Another midfield injury is quite frankly a nightmare. We literally are down to the bare minimum central midfielders and have no DMs left if he is out. Bielik or Chambers will get the nod which is untested and worrying. I was hoping Bielik or Chambers would have got a run out against Boro in DM to blood them if this happened. Now we may just have to play through.

    If we’re blooding a new DM we definitely cannot play a midfield involving Ozil and Cazorla. I’d pick two of the three of Ox, Cazorla and Rosicky as they will all offer cover to the new blood – personally I’d go Rosicky and Cazorla to make them passes stick. Ox can then stick to the wing and we can change the middle if needed/wanted. Still a very scary (and annoying) prospect.

  15. alan_b.stard.M.P says:

    leave his nose alone until after the season

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