Arsenal boost as first-team regular passed fit for Swansea clash
By Dominic Toner
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is available for Swansea.
Coquelin, 25, has been absent from the side recently with a knee injury but could make his return on Saturday in the Premier League clash.
Swansea manager Bob Bradley will take charge of his first game and will be hopeful of a positive start at the Emirates.
Wenger, who recently celebrated 20 years with the Gunners, has explained that his combative midfielder Coquelin is available for selection once again.
“Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey won’t be back for Saturday but Francis will be available,” he said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
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Arsenal are still without Olvier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, but will be boosted by the return of Coquelin.
Coquelin has established himself as a crucial player under Wenger and loan spells at Lorient, Frieburg and Charlton helped him develop.
Prior to his injury, Coquelin had started six games for Arsenal in all competitions and had built a strong parternship alongside team-mate Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal are blessed with several other midfield options, including Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and the currently injured Ramsey.
Coquelin is used as the defensive cover in the midfield and is adored by supporters for his fierce approach.
The Frenchman has made 114 appearances for the north London club but is still searching for his first goal.
The Gunners are currently third in the Premier League table and just two points behind league leaders Manchester City.
In other Arsenal team news, Chris Sutton has delivered a scathing assessment of the club’s player for his international performance.