Watch Arsene Wenger meet the media ahead of Basel clash

Arsenal host the Swiss outfit on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

"It's one of those moments as a manager when you think: 'Today is a great day.' In the first half it was near flawless".

Coquelin limped off in the first half of Arsenal's 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, with manager Arsene Wenger saying after the game he was anxious it was a similar injury to last season, when the midfielder missed several months with ligament damage.

Given that Wenger was celebrating 20 years as Arsenal boss last week it was fitting that his rig out for the Chelsea match was essentially a timeless affair. Basel will be ready and looking to shock their hosts in slim hopes to sneak a qualifying spot in the group.

The utter humiliation of Chelsea, consecrated by a no-look pass or two from Mesut Ozil, was arguably Arsenal's best performance for some years.

Arsenal have lost three of their past 38 home games in the Champions League group stages, winning 29 and drawing six. The Swiss side should make this a very tight match, but, at the Emirates Arsenal should still be able to grind out a win. Failure to take three points would curb the growing enthusiasm around the club. "So it's a family job basically", Wenger said. "That's what it is about". Twenty years in charge of a Premier League club is a truly remarkable achievement and one we may never see again.

If Arsenal start quick, I expect another comfortable victory and the game to be done within the hour, but if they fail to do that then Basel can be a stubborn team to break down. Wenger went on to pretend to answer it, and it's fair to say that the result had certainly generated his good mood on Saturday evening.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will be absent for at least three weeks after he sustained a knee injury in the 3-0 humbling of Chelsea at the Emirates. Both teams came from behind for 1-1 draws in matchday one.

While Arsenal do have cover with Granit Xhaka likely to be paired with Santi Cazorla in midfield during Coquelin's spell out, it will be a huge boost for Wenger to have him back available for selection as soon as possible.

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