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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