Arsene Wenger said his decision to recall Francis Coquelin was in direct response to Aaron Ramsey's injury.
Arsene Wenger has been discussing his decision to recall Francis Coquelin.
He said he only contacted the Frenchman to return from his loan at Charlton Athletic after Aaron Ramsey let him know the results of his scan on his hamstring.
Wenger told Arsenal.com: "He told me yesterday he was very positive and much better and that he would play, then he texted me late last night and said he was out. I called Coquelin back from Charlton."
Coquelin was pictured training with Arsenal on Friday, and Wenger confirmed that the midfielder is there to play a part, not just sit on the sidelines.
He had been playing in both attacking and defensive midfield roles at Charlton, but can also play at full-back, which could come in handy with Arsenal's defensive injuries.
He is a very different player to Aaron Ramsey, but has a lot to prove, with his contract expiring in June.
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He made a real impression on fans at The Valley, and Charlton supporters took to Twitter to wish him well and lament his departure:
Blimey arsenal must have an injury crisis if they're recalling Coquelin. Bad news for #cafc tho he's been outstanding— Mart Adkins © (@MartTheTaxi) December 12, 2014
Gutted about Coquelin, he was very impressive in his short time here. Hope he can return in Jan. #cafc— Greg Stubley (@GregStubley3) December 12, 2014