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Arsenal Team News: Wenger Confirms Double Injury Blow But Key Man Set To Return

Arsene Wenger has given a team news and injury update ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos. See what he had to say here

arsenal's francis coquelin

Arsenal welcome Olympiacos to the Emirates on Tuesday night looking to bounce back after a shock loss at Dinamo Zagreb on matchday 1 of the Champions League group stages.

Ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference and has given a team news and injury update.

The boss has confirmed that Francis Coquelin is back in full training and could return to the side tomorrow night after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

The 24-year-old will now be assessed to see if he’ll be back in contention to face Olympiacos but Arsene seems to be confident he’ll be alright.

Coquelin’s return is a timely one as the boss also revealed that Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta have been ruled out of the game tomorrow.

Flamini was forced off early on during our 5-2 win over Leicester with a hamstring injury while Arteta also seems to have picked up a minor muscle injury at the King Power so neither will be available against the Greek champions.

Olivier Giroud will join the duo on the sidelines as he’ll serve his one-game ban following his dismissal against Zagreb but Gabriel will be available again after missing the Leicester game through suspension.

Here is what the boss told the clubs website:

on Coquelin returning to training…

He has been back since yesterday and I will have to see how he responds to two days of training, but he looks alright.

on Flamini and Arteta…

Both have slight muscular problems, but I think Flamini has a scan today and Arteta certainly as well.

on Gabriel back but no Giroud due to suspension…


on whether Flamini or Arteta are serious injuries…

No, they are not big injuries. It is a question of days.

Coquelin’s return will be a huge boost as I think we’ve missed him over the past two games and hopefully he has no adverse reaction as we’ve got another vital game against Manchester United coming up on Sunday.

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