The French midfielder lasted a mere 15 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion as he succumbed to injury and was unable to continue, much to the worry of the travelling supporters.
Coquelin’s injury is more severe than first thought, and the BBC reports that he is out for up to three months.
With Arsenal’s injuries mounting and the lack of a holding midfielder evident, it’s a tough one for the club to take and Ian Wright puts his feelings on the matter into words in his column for The Sun.
“When Francis Coquelin went down at The Hawthorns on Saturday, you could hear the groans from Gunners fans around the world,” the former striker wrote.
“That’s how important the Frenchman has been to Arsenal . . . and that’s how massive the blow is to their chances of lifting the Premier League.
"The 2-1 defeat at West Brom was harmful enough to those hopes. But the loss of Coquelin until the New Year with damaged knee ligaments is the real kick in the guts.
“I am absolutely distraught at the news, both for the kid himself and personally as an Arsenal fan."
Since establishing himself in the Arsenal first team, Coquelin has been an utter revelation and it’s no coincidence that his presence has coincided with the team’s on-field improvements.
The former Charlton Athletic loan star gets the best out of Santi Cazorla, providing the necessary protection for the Spaniard to act as a deep-lying playmaker.
Moreover, the Gunners’ defensive record has significantly improved with Coquelin in the team as he consistently tops the club’s tackles and interceptions charts.
The next three months are going to be crucial in Arsenal’s bid to win the title, and some have a strong case when they state a new holding midfielder must arrive in the upcoming transfer window.