By Danny Wright
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is sweating over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Sunderland on Tuesday.
The Gunners welcome David Moyes’ side to the Emirates in a bid to keep themselves in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Wenger has never seen any of his Arsenal teams finish outside of the Premier League’s top four and he could be faced with that reality by the end of this week if results do not go his way.
Koscielny’s absence would be a major blow to the Gunners’ chance of a win as the 31-year-old has been ever present in the team this season, wearing the captain’s armband in all but one of his appearances.
“There is a little problem with Koscielny but everyone else should be available,” said Wenger in a pre-match press conference on Monday, as quoted by Arsenal’s official Twitter account.
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Sunderland have already been relegated from the top-flight and will be hoping to stop themselves from finishing bottom of the pile by getting an unlikely result at the Emirates.
However the Black Cats haven’t won at Arsenal since a 2002 League Cup victory at Highbury, with their last league win coming all the way back in 1983.
They could be boosted by Koscielny’s absence though. The French international has made 42 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions this term, scoring two goals and has played a big role in Wenger’s decision to utilise a back three.
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