Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed midfielder Francis Coquelin will be sidelined for at least two months, as reported by the Independent.
Coquelin suffered a knee ligament injury during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
It is blow that further highlights Wenger’s failure to sign a defensive midfielder in the summer, which led to huge criticism about the Frenchman’s strategy in the transfer window.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners’ Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, Wenger said: “I’m always cautious.
“It will be at least two months but I don’t want to speculate more than that.”
Coquelin has been an impressive fixture in Wenger’s side this season and had initially justified Wenger’s decision not to strengthen that area of his team in the summer.
Coquelin joins a long list of crocked Arsenal stars on the sidelines, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck all currently nursing injuries.