'This game is massively important'

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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