Wenger confirms Coquelin out for months; Flamini, Chambers to deputize

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The old cliche that a club lost more than a game comes to mind when talking about Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger confirmed fears that stalwart midfielder Francis Coquelin‘s knee injury is a serious one, and that the Gunners will be without his services for a while.

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Wenger says Mathieu Flamini will immediately provide cover, and that the club could look to Calum Chambers to step into the fold over the course of Coquelin’s recovery.

From The Guardian:

“I’m always cautious. It will be at least two months but I don’t want to speculate more than that,” said Wenger when asked about Coquelin. “I must say we have been hit very hard in November. We have lost a few players.”

Along with Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny, Coquelin is one of those players who has been contributing positively in the defense, attack and possession parts of Wenger’s game plan.

In the immediate future, Arsenal has Norwich City and Sunderland in its next two Premier League games, but also a pair of UEFA Champions League matches in the next two weeks — Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos — that will determine its group stage fate.

A huge loss, to be sure. How badly do you think this stings the Gunners hopes in England and the UCL?