Arsenal lose Francis Coquelin for up to four weeks

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Image: Francis Coquelin will miss up to four weeks for Arsenal

Arsenal will be without Francis Coquelin for up to four weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Coquelin limped out of Arsenal's 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday night with the problem.

The defensive midfielder lasted just 28 minutes at the Vitality Stadium before he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Arsener Wenger voiced concern about Coquelin's injury following the match, but the Gunners boss sounded more optimistic about the 25-year-old's injury when he spoke to the press on Thursday ahead of the FA Cup clash with Preston on Saturday.

"Coquelin is three to four weeks now," Wenger said. "He has a hamstring problem. I say three, four weeks because he came off.

Francis Coquelin (second left) was forced off injured against Bournemouth after 28 minutes
Image: Coquelin was forced off injured against Bournemouth

"Maybe we have good news. He has a scan today."

Wenger revealed Lucas Perez sustained an ankle problem against Bournemouth and could miss Saturday's trip to Deepdale along with Mesut Ozil, who has been sidelined with a mystery illness.

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"Ozil is coming in today and will be assessed by the doctor," Wenger added. "He has been in bed for two weeks so I cannot imagine he will be involved on Saturday. It's a flu yes, a throat infection, I don't know exactly."

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