Arsenal enforcer Coquelin fit and ready for Ludogorets challenge

Francis Coquelin

 

Francis Coquelin says he is fighting fit and ready for the Champions League challenge from Ludogorets in tomorrow’s clash at the Emirates.

French enforcer Coquelin is raring to go after overcoming a knee injury in the Premier League win over Chelsea last month.

Arsene Wenger’s outfit lead Group A in the competition and go into the encounter on the back of a 3-2 win over Swansea in the top flight on Saturday.

And the Gunners face the Bulgarians again at the start of next month and then host PSG as their next clash with the European elite.

Coquelin said: “It’s a massive game, especially as it is at home”.

“We know we’re going to have two more tough games away too, against Ludogorets and Basel, plus a home game against Paris Saint-Germain. So it’s massively important to get the three points on Wednesday.”

Reflecting on the knock that kept him sidelined, Coquelin admits he was unsure of the severity of the injury.

He added: “When you make these kinds of tackles, and this happened before against West Brom last season, you are a bit scared. It was a similar tackle to then”.

“The good thing was that I could run back on to the pitch afterwards, even if I couldn’t stay on for long. The scan which followed was all positive so that was great news”.

“It took me a few weeks to get back to full fitness, but now I feel good.”

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has given updates on the injury status of Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.

He said: “For tomorrow we have a similar squad to the one that faced Swansea. There are no injuries and everyone is available”.

“Giroud and Ramsey continue their preparation as they have been out for a long time. I think they need sharpening up now but they are not far away.”

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