Francis Coquelin became Arsenal’s latest injury casualty yesterday as he limped off 14 minutes into the 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.
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The Frenchman came out on the wrong side of a 50-50 with Baggies midfielder Claudio Yacob and soon had to be substituted with a knee problem.
His replacement Mikel Arteta joined the walking wounded in the second half, after scoring the own goal which sent Arsenal to defeat, but Arsene Wenger admitted that Coquelin’s injury is the greater concern.
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Wenger is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “We have two more injuries. One is a muscular problem that is a recurrence for Arteta. The other one for Coquelin is a knee problem, I don’t know how serious that is. We will know tomorrow.”
Coquelin is perhaps the one name that the Gunners could not afford to join an absentee list of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky.
The 24-year-old has established himself as an indispensable figure in Arsenal’s midfield over the last 12 months and Wenger is now without a genuine holding midfielder for a key Champions League tie.
The Londoners host Dinamo Zagreb, who beat them 2-1 in the reverse fixture, on Tuesday knowing that only a victory will sustain their slim hopes of qualifying for the last 16 for a 17th straight season.
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