Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Francis Coquelin will be out of action for Sunday;s Community Shield with Chelsea and may not return two weeks as he battles an ankle ligament injury.
At the time, Wenger said: “He has a scan tomorrow and I don’t think he will be available for the weekend. It is not too bad but he may not be available – it’s an ankle ligament problem,” reports the Metro.
But now, the Arsenal boss indeed confirmed Coquelin would be missing out, saying to Arsenal.com: “No, he is not available. He got injured in the Emirates Cup but we don’t think it will be too bad – two weeks.”
The Gunners are somewhat thin in the midfield, with Aaron Ramsey also a doubt ahead of the Chelsea meeting. Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla will both miss out, meaning Wenger is very short on options going into the new season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might have to take on a central role alongside Granit Xhaka this weekend if Ramsey isn’t deemed worth the risk. Wenger would prefer to allow his players more rest time before their opening Premier League encounter, which could make for a makeshift looking side at Wembley.
As for Coquelin, the combative French midfielder should be back for Arsenal nearer the end of August. The Gunners have been linked with a number of central midfielders this summer. It’s clear they need more reinforcements.