Having returned to first team action on Saturday, following a knee injury sustained against Premier League rivals Chelsea last month, Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has stated that Wednesday’s Champions League game against Bulgarian side Ludogorets is of great significance to Arsenal’s hopes of progressing into the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
After previously drawing with Paris Saint-Germain and defeating Basel 2-0, the north London side currently sit at the top of Group A ahead of two matches in a row against the Bulgarian outfit, knowing two wins could secure a place in the latter stages of the Champions League.
The 25-year-old French midfielder discussed the importance of Wednesday’s clash with Ludogorets with the Arsenal.com:
“We’re all conscious of that, it’s a massive game, especially as it is at home. We know we’re going to have two more tough games away too, against Ludogorets and Basel, plus a home game against Paris Saint-Germain. So it’s massively important to get the three points on Wednesday.”
Coquelin also discussed his return from injury, having seen summer signing Granit Xhaka perform admirably in the Arsenal midfield since he suffered a knee injury following a tackle on fellow France midfielder N’Golo Kante.
“When you make these kinds of tackles, and this happened before against West Brom [last season], you are a bit scared it was a similar tackle to then. The good thing was that I could run back on to the pitch afterwards, even if I couldn’t stay on for long.
“The scan which followed was all positive so that was great news. It took me a few weeks to get back to full fitness, but now I feel good.”
Wenger’s Arsenal side have been in fine form thus far this season, winning their past six games in all competitions and have not lost since a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in their first match of the season.
With the Emirates side in fine fettle, Arsenal will be hopeful of picking up three points against their Bulgarian opponents and inch ever closer to securing a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena