Arsenal star Francis Coquelin could return to the side against Burnley after making remarkable progress in his return from a knee injury sustained against Chelsea last weekend.
The French midfielder has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the season, enjoying a sublime performance against Watford in particular, but there were fears that the 25-year-old could miss months on the pitch after a mistimed challenge from N’Golo Kante on Saturday evening.
However, these concerns were allayed this week, with the expected injury time for Coquelin estimated at three weeks, but now the Guardian have reported that the fan favourite could be back much earlier.
Jacob Steinberg wrote:
Arsenal will assess Francis Coquelin before deciding whether he is ready to return against Burnley after scans showed that the midfielder’s knee injury is not as bad as first feared.
There was concern that Coquelin was facing a lengthy lay-off after he was hurt making a challenge on N’Golo Kanté in the first half of last Saturday’s victory over Chelsea. Arsène Wenger said after the game that it could be a repeat of the ligament damage that kept him out for 10 weeks last season.
However further tests have shown that Coquelin has suffered no damage to his medial ligament and Wenger, who will be without Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey for the trip to Turf Moor, is encouraged by the Frenchman’s swift return to training.
However, Coquelin may struggle to get back in regardless of whether he passes fit.
Granit Xhaka and Santi Cazorla enjoyed another phenomenal showing against Basel in what looks to be a very effective double pivot.
A Swiss international, Xhaka signed from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee in excess of £30 million this summer and has looked impressive despite largely being used in a peripheral role by Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners will be looking to extend an eyecatching winning run, after victories against Watford, Southampton and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.