Francis Coquelin’s injury could be worse than first feared and the Arsenal midfielder might be sidelined until the New Year.
Coquelin was taken off in the first half of the 3-0 victory over Chelsea and it is thought the Frenchman has suffered a recurrence of the medial ligament injury which kept him out for two months of last season.
The 25-year-old will undergo a scan on Monday but the Daily Mail suggests the player will face a fight to appear again this calendar year.
Arsenal's record with Coquelin-Cazorla midfield:
81 goals scored
33 goals conceded pic.twitter.com/0LNApWS2JI
— Arsenal Relevant (@ArsenalRelevant) September 19, 2016
Arsene Wenger admits the injury looked “bad”, although the Arsenal boss will be relieved to have a direct replacement available in £35million summer signing Granit Xhaka.
Switzerland international Xhaka has been eased into the Premier League so far, starting only twice, but has impressed in his limited game time.