Another injury for the Gunners – this time in friendly fire!
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin has suffered broken nose after the midfielder clashed heads with team-mate Olivier Giroud in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton.
Just after the interval, both players challenged Ross Barkley and Giroud ended up head-butting Coquelin in the nose.
After returning to the field and carrying on for the majority of the second half, the ball struck Coquelin in the nose once again and he was forced off permanently on that occasion.
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“Yes [he has broken his nose],” Wenger told reporters after the game (via Arsenal.com)
“I don’t know [how long he will be out], I hope not long. I don’t know whether he will need surgery or not.”
Coquelin has become one of the first names on the team sheet for Wenger since the turn of the year and the Gunners can’t afford to have the Frenchman miss a considerable part of the season.
Here’s the incident which resulted in Coquelin’s broken nose…