As if Arsenal fans weren’t worried enough already…
The news was confirmed this morning that Francis Coquelin would be out for a minimum of 2 months. Some external experts have suggested that Wenger is trying to downplay the injury for the purpose of transfer negotiations in January and that the defensive midfielder is far more likely to miss four months than two.
Whatever the length of the layoff, what is certain is that Coquelin has been invaluable to Arsene Wenger since he broke into the Gunners first team last season and he is a massive loss as Arsenal look to mount a title charge in the coming months.
Speaking on Monday Night Football this evening, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville were in complete agreement about how important Coquelin has been for Arsenal and how his absence could be extremely detrimental for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Carragher explained how he thought Wenger simply had to make a signing in defensive midfield this summer and couldn’t understand the French manager’s reluctance to do so.
Although Carragher understood that the Arsenal manager now sees Coquelin as a stonewall starter, he still thinks that there was an ideal replacement for the Gunners available in the last transfer window and the manager should have asked himself; ‘what if Coquelin gets injured and why can’t they play together?’