Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger provided an update on the injury status of many members of his squad after they were put through the ringer by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last night.
The Gunners lost French midfielder Francis Coquelin midway through the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, something that Wenger confirmed in his post match interview.
When quizzed about the extent of the injury, Wenger said, “Coquelin has a hamstring. It’s too early, you have to wait 48 hours for a scan to see. Usually when he sits down and comes up it’s not so good news. It’s just a tightness. The player tries to get on but he didn’t even try to play again.”
Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin also had a tough outing, guilty of playing a role in two of the goals that the Gunners conceded, but Wenger leapt to the young Spaniard’s defence in his post match presser, saying that he was playing injured.
Wenger said, “He had a knock, he was uncertain to play. That’s the problem when you have only 48 hours, you have to play some players who come out of a game like Crystal Palace [with knocks]. We had three or four players who we had to wait for the warm up to see if they could play.”
When quizzed specifically about who those players were, Wenger shared, “We had Koscielny, we had Gabriel that I didn’t start in the end because I was not in a position, and then I did not start Oxlade-Chamberlain because I did not take a gamble with him because I don’t know who we have to take off. You cannot take the fresh player out but then you cannot, the players who have played 48 hours before, you cannot take them out. It complicates a lot, the job. But we have to shut up and cope with it.”
Koscielny was also withdrawn from the game when Arsenal fell behind 3-0 and Wenger was asked about the reason for the same. The Arsenal boss revealed, “He was tired, he had cramps in both legs and that’s why I decided to take him off.”
Arsenal are in action again this weekend when they travel to Deepdale to take on Preston North End in the FA Cup Third Round.