UCL: Arteta, Flamini Out As Coquelin Fitness Level Uncertain



Ahead of their Champions League clash with Olympiacos, the Gunners are without Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta but while Francis Coquelin has returned to training, the Frenchman may not be fully fit to play against Olympiacos.

Hence, Arsene Wenger could face another reshuffling headache in defensive midfield for Arsenal’s Champions League match on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners are without Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta for the match against the Greek champions, but while Francis Coquelin has returned to training following a knee injury, Wenger admits he has not decided whether the 24-year-old is fit enough to play.


“Coquelin is back training but we will see,” the Arsenal manager said on Monday. “Arteta and Flamini are not available.”

Arsenal are looking for their first points in the Champions League this season after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb earlier in September, but Wenger’s men head into the fixture following back to back victories over Tottenham and Leicester City in the League Cup and Premier League respectively.

Chilean international, Alexis Sanchez opened his account for the season with a hat-trick in the 5-2 win against Claudio Ranieri’s side on Saturday and his team mate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised the Chilean’s mentality.

“He is one of the most passionate players I know,” said the Arsenal midfielder.

“I look and learn from him.”

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