Arsenal star in contention to make first appearance since knee injury

Arsenal star Francis Coquelin is in line to make his first appearance in two months after being sidelined with a knee injury.

Coquelin has been a stand-out performer in the Gunners’ defensive midfield role for the past year, but the Frenchman damaged knee ligaments during the club’s 1-1 draw against Norwich at the end of November, and was expected to miss three months of action.

However, the 24-year-old could make his full return to first-team football in Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Burnley on Saturday, giving manager Arsene Wenger a huge boost in the race for the Premier League title.

Wenger, as quoted by the London Evening Standard, confirmed: “Francis is available to play now because he has passed two weeks of full training.”

Tomas Rosicky is also available for selection, while Danny Welbeck is still unfit despite being in first-team training the past few weeks.

In addition, the Gunners welcome back star man Alexis Sanchez, who gave an impressive 30-minute cameo against Chelsea last weekend.

Coquelin has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring no goals.

Article title: Arsenal star in contention to make first appearance since knee injury

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