There is nothing but bad news and bad luck for Arsenal and their fans at the moment. The injuries are piling up, and now that Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta have joined the ranks of the walking wounded we really are down to the bare bones of the squad.
Other than those two, the Gunners are also missing Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere,and according to Wenger none of those are going to be ready to play tomorrow evening. “It looks difficult to have players come back Tuesday night,” he said yesterday. “I can rotate a bit within the squad but Ramsey will be short and Chamberlain will be short and they are the two closest.
“Honestly I don’t know (about Coquelin). I have to wait, maybe Monday, to see how big the damage is, at the moment he is on crutches.”
Well Monday is here, and there are already rumours that Le Coq could be out for up to three months. I will take that with a pinch of salt until we get confirmation of the scans this afternoon. Arsene Wenger will be having his pre-match press conference at 12.30 this lunchtime and we will all be desperately waiting for the latest news on Coquelin.
We all know it’s going to be bad news, but let’s hope it’s not tooooooo bad!