Wenger on Coquelin’s injury and a welcome win

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will miss Thursday’s Europa League match with Cologne after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win against Bournemouth.

The French midfielder replaced Aaron Ramsey in the 67th minute but only lasted 15 minutes before going down. Having made all three substitutions the Gunners played out the last eight minutes with ten men.

“He has a hamstring [problem],” revealed Wenger in his post-match press conference.

“I don’t know how bad it is but he’s certainly out for next week’s game.”

After their 4-0 defeat at Anfield two weeks ago, the Gunners knew there was no margin for error against Eddie Howe’s Cherries.

Any early nerves were settled by Danny Welbeck’s shouldered opener before Alexandre Lacazette applied a deadly finish on the break to double the lead before half time. Welbeck’s second on 50 minutes sealed Arsenal’s second win of the season.

“I’m pleased with the win and the way we played,” added Wenger. “It’s always a test when you have such a negative experience, like we had, for the mental health of the team to respond.

“It’s always a test when you have such a negative experience, like we had, for the mental health of the team to respond.

“We had a committed, disciplined and a very good offensive performance.

“I believe in my players. Our two away games…at Stoke we played quite well. We had plenty of chances and were a bit unlucky at Stoke because we had 75 per cent possession and we didn’t deserve to lose the game.

“At Liverpool, we had a terrible performance.”

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Mr Blue Sky

We won!

Gooner Sam

Nice win….doesnt change the bigger picture though.

Goonerjar

Very very true and relevant

Dave M

Window just opened up for wilshere. Lets hope he can keep his ego in check and do a job when called upon.

Dan Gunn

Jack n xkak! Got a ring to it!

Dan Gunn

Xhak! Dammit. Sorry gooners

NornIron Gooner

Eh?

Daniel

Isn’t he suspended?

Jack4343

No…u23 red cards don’t affect the 1st team games.

GunnerYY

Jack’s injury has more chance to ruin his game than his ego. Better hope for him to not injured again.

Dean Thompson

“It’s always a test when you have such a negative experience, like we had, for the mental health of the team to respond.”

You can say that again

Ice

Looks like he did in the quote above

Big Dave

There’s worse people to pull a hamstring…. Look at the positive.

btw

Given how bad our midfield looks I think we need Coq sitting deep and actually providing an option in the middle. So many times the middle of the pitch is vacated by Xhaka and Ramsey, against a better team we will get torn apart, just wait. In the end it’s Wenger telling them what to do, for me the team lacks discipline and it costs us in the “big” games.

Nick

Worrying thing is that Wenger and the players seem to think we played well at Stoke! The reality was that Stoke were happy to cede possession and hit us on the break ,we huffed and puffed but without any real intent and what chances we did create were squandered as we’re chances to seal a big win and get a positive goal difference today ! We won which is great but while Wenger thinks the Liverpool game was an “accident ” and that we were unlucky at Stoke the problems have obviously NOT really been acknowledged let alone redressed! We’ll see where we really are as a team next week I for one am not looking forward to it with anything more than hope!

Paul

So we ignore the inside goal called offside v Stoke and the three penalty shouts?

Paul

*onside

Leon

Yes we do.
Because its irrelevant.

Trez

Lacazette was offside despite it being by just a toe. Welbeck should’ve scored at least 2

Ice

We have recently beaten them in fa cup and community shield. A good performance will get us a win or a draw at worse. Even if we lose, it’s a bit premature to evaluate based on next week’s game on it’s own…. it’s a long season. We are getting hammered by everyone yet we are only 4 points off Man an Utd who slipped up against the 1st half decent team they have played.

I am staying positive. We were unlucky against stoke no one can deny that. We have won both games at home scoring 7 goals in the process. Welbeck is scoring, ozil is fighting, xhaka is controlling, Ramsey is running, lacazette is gelling…. so for me the only way is up!!

COYG

Mizog

I was at stoke and we had enough chances to win 3 games but it was one of them days!liverpool on the other hand we was as bad as I’ve seen a arsenal team play

Leon

We have been here so many times before.
The high before the fall.
Years of experience tells you not to hope for much and I’m not.
Sooner Wenger goes the better…

Making Arsenal Great Again
Making Arsenal Great Again

Well, he is still here. Support your team. Nobody is saying everything is peachy but the bottom line is we are all here because we support Arsenal. No matter the issue with the manager, the board, or the player, we’re all here for Arsenal football club. I’m sick of the negativity.

Danny Boy

The high before the fall? What was two weeks ago then, part of the “high?”
I’m all for measured responses and not getting too ahead of ourselves, but come on. At a certain point it’s just negative and unhelpful.
We won – people are allowed to be happy.

Trez

Stoke let us have the ball. It’s a game we should’ve won so no need for excuses.

Lula

Nice to watch us play well. I still have huge reservations about this season, but with opposition like that I’m happy.

Great to watch Welveck score, loved the Lacazette goal and Ozil looked much improved from previous weeks, hopefully he can run into some form again.

There is still a massive hole in the middle with Ramsey at times simultaneously everywhere and nowhere useful. Some positional discipline and he’d be a really really good player.

Hoping we push forward and beat Chelsea one more time!

Vedant

Man! The way Coq fell was hilarious. Looked like one of them FIFA celebrations 😂

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