Growing fears that Francis Coquelin could miss months with knee ligament injury

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Nothing has been confirmed yet, but there have been rumors stirring that Arsenal could be without Francis Coquelin for quite some time.

Coquelin went down in the loss to West Brom on a 50-50 challenge with Claudio Yacob, and manager Arsene Wenger said after the match “it looks to be more severe with a knee problem.” Multiple rumors have mentioned various time frames, anywhere between three and six months due to ligament damage in his right knee. He reportedly left the Hawthornes on crutches after the loss.

According to The Telegraph, Coquelin has already been ruled out for the midweek Champions League match against Dinamo Zagreb, joining fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, and Tomas Rosicky on the sidelines, leaving Arsenal dangerously thin in the middle of the field. Mathieu Flamini remains the only midfielder remaining on the senior team, and appears lined up to start going forward.

The loss of Coquelin is an enormous blow to this Arsenal team. Playing with the same energy and importance that Nemanja Matic did for Chelsea during the Blues’ title run last season, the 24-year-old Frenchman has become a vital player to the Gunners on both ends of play.

More information will likely come on Monday as Wenger meets with the media ahead of Tuesday’s match in London.