Arsenal silenced some critics on Saturday as they convincingly beat Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium, thanks in part to a brace from Danny Welbeck.
However it was not all positive for the Gunners as Francis Coquelin went off injured mid-way through the second half.
"He has a hamstring [problem]. I don’t know how bad it is but he’s certainly out for next week’s game," claimed Wenger.
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Without Coquelin - 1.9 goals conceded per game
With Coquelin - 1.3 goals conceded per game
As a result Arsenal are likely to be without Coquelin for their games against Cologne (
The injury to Coquelin could give a first team opportunity to the previously out-of-favour Jack Wilshere, who is himself close to returning to full fitness.
When asked about the possibility of Wilshere playing Wenger was positive, suggesting that he Englishman had a chance of reviving his Arsenal career:
"I told you in the [pre-match] press conference that he’s getting stronger and stronger. The fact that Francis is now out gives him a chance as well.," claimed Wenger.
Wilshere could feature as soon as Thursday, in Arsenal's Europa League group game against Cologne. However when asked if this was a possibility Wenger was not committed to including the 25-year-old:
"I don’t know yet. He’s not far from that," said Wenger.