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Francis Coquelin is back in training

No specific date on his full return though.

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Good morning/afternoon/evening. Want some good news today?

There it is.

Arsenal's first choice defensive midfielder, and subject of numerous "goals conceded with, goals conceded without" thinkpieces, Francis Coquelin has returned to the training pitch and perhaps we can start anticipating a match day return sooner than later. The aforementioned tweet doesn't provide much information on whether or not he partook in full training or just some individual exercises but hey, who are we to complain? As we all know, defensive midfielder is a touchy subject around these parts and, despite whatever limitations Coq might have, the side is definitely better off with him healthy and contributing.

However, even if his return is some ways off Arsene Wenger and the fanbase can take some comfort in new signing Mohamed Elneny likely being available for spot minutes in the very near future given that he's now had some time to get acclimated to his new surroundings and teammates. Expect more of the Flamini/Arteta/Chambers triumvirate to hold down the fort until the former two get (back) up to speed but this is encouraging news for the title push no matter how far off Coq's return is.