Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Francis Coquelin after the midfielder picked up a knee injury in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea.

The former France U-21 international landed awkwardly mid-way through the first half after challenging for a header, with his knee bending backwards.

Although the 24-year-old continued, he was sacrificed at the break for Calum Chambers so the FA Cup holders could get a defender on in the wake of Gabriel's red card.

The latter was involved in a huge bust-up with Diego Costa and was given his marching orders by referee Mike Dean after back heeling the striker on the half-way line.

Following the game, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Coquelin had picked up a problem that would more than likely keep him out of the midweek Capital One Cup clash with Spurs. "It is a little knee injury," he said. "I don't know how long it will be...certainly not for midweek...I don't know yet how long."

The Gunners will also be without Santi Cazorla for the clash after the midfielder was dismissed in the defeat for two bookable offences.


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