Why Arsene Wenger's injury update on Francis Coquelin is worrying


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unsure how long Francis Coquelin will be out for.

Arsene Wenger has given a less than confident update on Francis Coquelin's fitness.

The manager told Arsenal's official website that Coquelin will miss the match with Tottenham in midweek, and could not give any telling further update on the injury the Frenchman sustained against Chelsea.

He said: "His knee is swollen and he is being assessed but we hope it is just a short-term problem."

Earlier in his Arsenal tenure, fans would have heard those words and breathed a sigh of relief.

Not any more.

In recent years supporters have become accustomed to Arsene Wenger being taken aback by negative medical developments regarding his players.

Only this month Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck had to undergo operations, on injuries Arsene Wenger initially played down.

Wenger had been quoted by The Express in early August projecting Wilshere would be back in time for early September.

There have been other cases where he has been overly optimistic in recent years, concerning Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby.

Francis Coquelin may well return in just a fortnight, or even by the weekend - and everybody will be relieved.

Yet if it develops into something worse, few will be surprised given Arsene Wenger's less than assured statement over the initial diagnosis.

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