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Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will be sidelined for a
month with a hamstring injury, while also providing updates on a number
of injured personnel.
The 25-year-old Frenchman had to be withdrawn after just 28 minutes
of the Gunners' 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday, with Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on in his place.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners' FA Cup clash with Preston North End on
Saturday, Wenger said: "He is out for three or four weeks now, it is
"I say three or four weeks because it is a hamstring and he came off,
but maybe we will have good news. He will have a scan today, but I
always count three weeks."
Mesut Ozil has, meanwhile, sat out the Gunners' last two matches,
with Wenger adding: "He is coming in today, and will be assessed by the
doctor but he has been in bed for two weeks so I cannot imagine I will
involve him on Saturday.
"It is flu, a throat infection - I don’t know exactly."
Wenger also revealed that Lucas Perez sustained an ankle problem
against Bournemouth, while also giving updates on a few other key
"Well, we might have a problem with Lucas because he injured his
ankle and I have to see how he responds to that but that is the only
problem we have from the game.
"Coming back, the closest is [Theo] Walcott but he is still not
ready, [Kieran] Gibbs will not be ready so I don’t think will be coming
back into the squad."
On Santi Cazorla, he explained: "At the moment, he is far [from
returning]. It’s not going as quickly as I imagined it, so certainly in
January he will not come back."
Kick off is scheduled for 19:30.