Francis Coquelin says Wednesday’s Champions League game against Ludogorets is "massively important" to their hopes of topping the group.

The Gunners sit at the summit of Group A ahead of back-to-back matches against the Bulgarian side - and the midfielder says it is a big opportunity for the Gunners.

"We’re all conscious of that," 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."

Coquelin is now "100 per cent fit" again after sustaining a knee injury against Chelsea, but admits he feared the worst when it happened.

"When you make these kinds of tackles, and this happened before against West Brom [last season], you are a bit scared," he said. "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."

 

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