Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger was the bearer of good news today for fans as he confirmed that defender Laurent Koscielny will be fit and ready for the Gunners Champions League clash with PSG on Tuesday.
The France international picked up a facial injury while getting stuck in against Southampton at the weekend and despite fears that the knock would keep him out of action for a few days, he has, according to the Bleacher Report, recovered well and will feature in Wenger’s potent new defensive line.
“Koscielny is alright. He had a big knock on his face. I was concerned he wouldn’t be available, but it is alright.”
Following a clash with Jose Fonte, the centre-back was left with a badly swollen right eye. However, according to ESPN FC journalist Mattias Karen, fears for the 31-year-old’s availability were allayed today.
Laurent Koscielny trained with Arsenal ahead of Paris trip today: should be available for PSG game tomorrow.
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) September 12, 2016
Koscielny is critical to Wenger’s defence as following the preseason injuries to experienced defenders Per Metesacker and Gabriel, the Gunners were sorely lacking in experience. However, the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi has given the veteran manager a much needed boost in that department, proving his worth at the weekend in his debut against the Saints.
The tricky Champions League opener against PSG will now be met with far more optimism than it would have without Koscielny holding firm in front of gooalkeeper, Petr Cech.
With Mustafi there to partner the Frenchman, an Arsenal defence that was, only two weeks ago, creaking under the lack of availability and options, now appears rock solid and a wholly different proposition.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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