Wenger: Coquelin back in full training


Arsene Wenger has revealed good news on the injury front revealing three long-term absentees are close to a first team return.

Francis Coquelin, out for three months with a knee problem, has returned to full training today, Tomas Rosicky will feature for the under-21s tomorrow evening and Danny Welbeck is due to partake in his first full session of the season next week.

Mesut Ozil, who sat out last weekend’s game at Stoke, and Alexis Sanchez, sidelined by hamstring problem for nearly eight weeks, are also expected to feature in the squad against Chelsea.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Wenger revealed: “Compared to last week we have no big problems for the squad.

“The good news it that Ozil certainly will be available. Sanchez has the next two days to be decisive, but this time I think he’ll make it.

He added: “Coquelin is back in full training ahead of schedule, Welbeck will be in full training next week; that’s positive news.

“Rosicky will play tomorrow night with the u-21s. We have a few players coming back at an important period now.”

Ozil and Sanchez aside, it remains to be seen how quickly the returning players are integrated into the playing squad. Either way, it’s a real bonus at a time of year when the games come thick and fast.


      • I just hope they all remain fit.

        I am in no way a doctor, or have any medical training, but he seems to of healed seriously quickly. Hopefully not too quickly will.

        Still, it is great news to have Dat Guy, and Rozzer back in training as well.

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    • That was really fast. Now we have a proof, Coq is a freaking terminator. To come back so quickly from ligament damage? As someone who had an ACL rupture I can hardly believe it.

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      • I want nothing more than Jack to come back and help us to the title with a string of man of the match performances. Ironically the usually so fickle media appear to be the only people (including many of our own fans!) that haven’t forgotten just how outrageously good he can/ will be..

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    • Since full training to match day squad seems to take 2-3 weeks usually (for long-term absentees), this sounds like we can expect Rosicky in the squad against Burnley, Coquelin against Bournemouth and Welbeck against Leicester.

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  1. I honestly just fucking fist pumped!

    It really feels like with all these players to come back, or bench – at least – will be basically doubled in quality.

    Also hope Mesut and Lexi fuck up Chelsea this weekend!

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  2. Best thing about these returning players is the quality of them, gone are the days on waiting for Eboue to get fit again to solve our RB problem (not saying we have one just an example!). Top of the league with our top scorer from last season out for 2 months, our 2 first choice midfielders out for months, not to mention the back ups for those players have been out since the beginning of the season, good end to the season ahead i believe

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  3. Superb news. Not that the tie against Barcelona is as important as the decisive period in the BPL, I am still very glad that he will be back for that because his presence would give us a fighting chance.

    Still really need Santi back though.

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  4. Wonderful news to hear.. Now lets win on sunday and take premier league by storm.. I am f***ing exited about sundays game and a lil bit nervous. I hope all the players will take this game by heart and put final nail on chelsea’s coffin. I hate tottenham because i am an arsenal fan and i hate chelsea because i am a human being..i just hate this garbage club chelsea with passion.

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  5. Which means he could even play on Sunday? Since only been out for a month or so…his fitness level wouldn’t be a problem

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    • They’ve been in trouble for a while now mate. Their back four are ageing, fat, and slow to react. They are out of breath after 65 minutes. That’s why newly promoted teams humiliate them at home. Sanchez and Ozil back against the chaps is good because they can get some match fitness before Barcelona. But it’s not a prerequisite for us to beat them. They team we took to Liverpool CAN beat this Chelsea team

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  7. As soon as I read this on Sky I ran over here to be sure 🙂 Such great news to start the day. Our two most “World Class” players back and the Coq is just about fully up and running. #COYG

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  8. How long between ‘back in full training’ and playing for arsenal usually? Would be nice if we can play welbeck, coquelin and rosicky in the FA cup tie next week!

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    • Depends how long you’ve been out to begin with, but with long-term injuries it’s typically 2-3 weeks in full training before you’re ready to start games.

      If Rosicky is starting for the under21s it’s a possibility, definitely not for the other two.

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  9. That’s awesome. Wenger usually has a 2-3 week period of ‘full training’ before they’re picked so maybe we get Coquelin back for the Leicester game. Ozil and Alexis for Chelsea is very promising. Hopefully they’re back on form immediately but realistically we mightn’t see the best of them in that game

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  10. Great news all around. I feel bad for Wilshere though. Because considering the fact that Arsene probably had an idea that the Coq was close to full training before signing Elneny, perhaps it is safe to assume that he was actually bought to fill the void left by Jack.
    I might be reading too much meaning into nothing. Overall, it feels good to have more quality bodies available for selection. This is our year!

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  11. Lets keep the positivity coming we now make more than any cub in football in match day revenue, we have now overtaken chelsea in the money league we not only generate more revenue but its sets to go up by a lot and chelsea will slip down cause of their lack of anticipation in the champions league next season… we are only slightly behind city in revenue… top of the league with all our best players coming back from injury times are good 🙂

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  12. “Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from afar.”
    Kudos though to the gallant soldiers that have fought to keep us in the title race inspite of the
    injury crisis.

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  13. According to physioroom.com – they are normally quite accurate. Jack is our only injury! I guess they have forgotten about Santi.

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  14. Superb news. Despite our away form dipping we’re still top of the league with a depleted squad. With Ozil, Sanchez and Coq back for the run in we have a great chance for the title. We have to start by beating Chelsea.

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  15. Our Coq returned prematurely. We’re now looking forward the title’s delivery in a few months…

    I’d get my coat but it’s summer out here in SA.

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  16. Sorry to piss on peoples joy but I expect him to be rusty for a good few games and then get slated for it. The usual bullshit.

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  17. There are two things that are more-than-just-positive here.

    1. That we are definitely not rushing our players back as we have done in the past. That is, playing them when there is still a risk of a setback. AW knows just how important Alexis is to us – especially for the second half of the season. Something of the same goes for Wilshere who’s only going to be considered ‘ready’ when he truly is. The same goes for Rosicky – who’ll only get a spot if it’s safe to do so – hence the U21 game tomorrow.

    2. That we’re not picking up any more long-term injuries. We had a spate with Alexis, Coquelin, and Cazorla – our season could have been derailed then and there. But it wasn’t. Players stepped up. Results were achieved. And here we are ready to press on and win the league with a fit first-choice eleven.

    Is it possible that AFC has finally worked out how to handle injuries/rehabilitation/re-introduction of our squad? Too early to tell. But the way Coquelin is progressing, Alexis is being handled, and how we’ve held off further injuries since November could be an indication that something’s changed.

    Or it could just as well be luck also. Not that I’d like to choose between the two given that luck wins you titles outright and good injury management only gives you the opportunity to do so.

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  18. I keep hearing of people talking about playing Coq and Elneny together for big games. So, when we do that, who are we going to drop from Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil and Sanchez. I’m not sure the FA will allow Arsenal to field more than 11 players at any point just because we are playing a ‘big match’.

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    • Taking the home game against Barca as an example – Santi wont be back yet. Sanchez out on the left, Ozil in his usual position, Elneney and Coq holding. Ramsey or Joel on the right and Theo up front. Not knocking Giroud at all but this is how we set-up against Bayern at home.Giroud can come on and score the winner!

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  19. Le Coq’s quick recovery is a huge blessing,though Flamini has deputised well to a certain percentage,sometimes he is overran and we ended losing points where we would got all. Liverpool is an example.Mathew can not reach the level of Le Coq.

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  20. The fact we are top of the league having had so many genuine first team players missing for so long with injuries certainly put paid to the parrotted myth that we have a weak squad.

    And I am not having this “oh but it’s a weak league this season so therefore it is easier to be top of it”

    Actually no, the reason that the league seems so tops turvy is because it is stronger all the way down with only really Villa being truly cut adrift. Certainly I have never known a league where even the bottom teams have at least one top class performer or else are extremely organised and don’t take the field believing they are beaten before the gamr begins.

    I admit that compared to Bayern and the Spanish big 3 our top teams seem to struggle but I think you have to factor in the extra games our teams play and the competitiveness of nearly every fixture.

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  21. Jack will come and win us the matches v/s Barca. People spit a lot of venom against Wilshere but he is a gem and will certainly shine.

    Nothing like winning the league at Tomas’s last season and beating the shit out of Barca and mark my words this team is capable of both.

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    • It’s the fickle fans we have unfortunately. Can’t except that some players are more injury prone than others or are going through bad patches of form. If it ain’t giroud, it’s Wilshire it’s not him OX etc etc

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  22. Let the good news continue, love you all and keep the Coq jokes coming lots of people are laughing their ass out here… C O Y G

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  23. Great to hear on both Coquelin and Rosicky. I wonder how long it will be for Coquelin to get into match shape and if he’ll have to play in a couple of U21 matches like Rosicky and Arteta have or whether he’ll come straight into the squad. Like with Sanchez Wenger will need to be cautious with all of the players out so long upon their return, but it has to be a boost to the whole squad knowing reinforcements are not far away.

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  24. Arsene you old devil, you’ve gone out and did it again in January! These LANS players are the perfect tonic for our thin squad.

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