Arsenal sweat on fitness of key player ahead of Southampton clash
By Matt Bullin
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed there are questions over whether Laurent Koscielny will be fit for their Wednesday night clash with Southampton at St. Mary’s.
The French centre-back played the full 90 minutes on Sunday as his side beat Man United 2-0 at the Emirates.
Second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck handed Arsenal a fourth win in their last six Premier League games.
The result meant the Gunners cut the gap between themselves and United to just to points, and they have a game in hand.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Southampton game on Wednesday, Wenger admitted there were “worries” over Koscielny’s fitness.
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As quoted by the Daily Mirror’s live blog of the conference, Wenger said: “We have some worries for Koscielny he might not be available, he will have a test today. We will make the decision after training.”
However the Frenchman did have some better news regarding Xhaka, he said: “Xhaka similar but he looks to have recovered well, news for him is better.”
Koscielny, 31, has struggled with knocks throughout the season, but he has still managed to be a regular in the heart of Arsenal’s defence, making 41 appearances in all competitions.
Since joining the club in 2010 from FC Lorient for £10million, Koscielny has become one of their key players and has made a total of 289 league and cup appearances over seven seasons.
If the Gunners can beat Southampton at St. Mary’s, they will leap-frog United into fifth, and will be only three points behind Man City, who occupy fourth.
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