Key defender in race against time bid to be fit for Tottenham v Arsenal clash
By Matt Bullin
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he is unsure whether Laurent Koscielny will be fit for the Gunners’ huge clash v Tottenham next Sunday.
Koscielny suffered a knee injury in the closing stages of Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Leicester last night.
However, despite his obvious discomfort the Frenchman battled through to complete the 90 minutes and help his side claim a clean sheet and a huge three points.
In the end a Robert Huth own-goal was just enough to be the difference between the sides and secure Arsene Wenger’s side an unconvincing victory.
Koscielny, 31, has already spent time on the sidelines this season with achilles and thigh problems, and will be a huge loss if he is unavailable for the North London derby.
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Speaking in the Evening Standard, Wenger said of Koscielny’s injury: “Koscielny has a knee problem but I don’t know bad [it is] yet. I have to check [with him].”
The 31-year-old did feature in full in Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final and the previous league match v Middlesbrough, but he missed their Premier League ties with West Ham and Crystal Palace prior to that through injury.
Koscielny has been a crucial figure in the Gunners defence this term and has made 38 appearances in all competitions.
With the win over Leicester, Arsenal climbed to sixth, and are four points off Man City in fourth, ahead of their crucial clash v Spurs.
Meanwhile Tottenham also battled to victory last night, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Christian Eriksen, cutting Chelsea’s lead at the top to just four points with five games remaining.
In other Arsenal news, Thierry Henry has revealed how he would prepare for a North London derby.