The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted with their side’s victory against West Ham on Tuesday. It was far from a classic performance from the Gunners, but securing a win and progression to the next round of the cup was all that mattered for Arsene Wenger.
However, the game was not without its problems. Arsenal suffered a couple of injury scares on the night, with fans concerned about the status of both Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin. Unfortunately, it’s not looking good for the former, but there does appear to be a silver lining for Arsene Wenger.
According to Arsene Wenger, via Ben Dinnery on Twitter, Olivier Giroud’s injury “does not look very good”, with the Frenchman likely to miss the Gunners’ next game. However, there is at least something to be happy about, with Dinnery also suggesting that Francis Coquelin is likely to be fit – with his injury related solely to fatigue.
Wenger says Giroud [hamstring] injury "does not look very good." Certainly out of Fridays game against Liverpool – further tests will determine the severity. Coquelin should be okay, fatigue related, cramp. #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 19, 2017
Coquelin hasn’t played all that much football in recent months, and so it’s no real surprise that he was struggling. His involvement over the coming weeks isn’t likely to be from the start in each game, but he does play an important role, particularly if the Gunners are looking to hold on to a lead.
The blow to Olivier Giroud is an injury of similar significance, with Alexandre Lacazette able to step in in his place.
Wenger will certainly be relieved, though, that he isn’t looking at a long-term layoff for both players at the same time.
Francis Coquelin is a consistent player, and so he does offer Wenger a significant option in the midfield. His likely imminent return to contention will be good for the Gunners.
Giroud’s situation, though undoubtedly a blow, is something that Arsenal can work around, though it will be a problem if they’re seeking a late goal in any of their upcoming games.
Arsenal fans – thoughts?
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