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Coquelin out for a few weeks

Hamstring injuries strike Arsenal again

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Coquelin in the Bournemouth match, where he picked up his injury
Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin picked up a hamstring injury in the team’s recent match against Bournemouth, and now Wenger has confirmed that he will be sidelined for three to four weeks, per afcstuff.

Not that losing a player to injury is ever a good thing, but this news comes at a particularly poor time for the Gunners. Mohamed Elneny has temporarily left the squad for international duty, and and it looks like Santi Cazorla is nowhere near a return, leaving the club with a whopping total of two fit starting central midfielders.

Throw in the fact that the fixture congestion this time of year makes for a particularly taxing slate on player’s bodies and, well, not great Bob.

Anyways, on the bright side, those of us who have been waiting to see a regular Ramsey-Xhaka pairing in central midfield may finally get our wish. And hey, the American in me can’t help but hope that this will clear the way for Gedion Zelalem to break into the starting lineup and finally shine (he won’t).