Having appeared as a second half substitute in the Bournemouth game, Francis Coquelin played just 14 minutes before writhing in pain due to a hamstring injury.
Arsenal recorded an emphatic 3-0 home win over the Cherries on Saturday but we had to play with 10 men after Coquelin was substituted. The Gunners, however, remained solid in the game but the bad news is that we will likely pay without Coquelin next week.
The extent to which the France international would remain on the sidelines has not been stated, but it is believed that he will miss the Europa League game against 1. FC Koln on Thursday and also the League game when we square up against our London rivals Chelsea.
Despite not being considered a starter in Arsene Wenger midfield as the like of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka seem to be favoured ahead of him, Coquelin’s contribution to the defence cannot be undermined. With 100% pass accuracy in the League, the 26-year-old is set to be sorely missed in a Gunners side that have lacked conviction.
Though it may be Bournemouth, but Arsenal seem to have found their rhythm so a fan can make some extra cash if the club manages to win games as expected. Also, bettors can place a bet on the team likely to win the EPL title and Arsenal are 14/1 to win the Premier League title though.
Arsenal are short of options in midfield but Mohamed Elneny, who blocked a Leicester move this summer, is expected to fill the void left by Coquelin.