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Wenger Gives Update On Koscielny Injury

Laurent Koscielny was forced off during Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fenerbache on Wednesday night with a nasty cut above his eye. Arsene Wenger gives an update.

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal put one foot in the group stages of the Champions League on Wednesday night after beating Fenerbache 3-0 in Turkey but the win came at a cost with defender Laurent Koscielny going off after taking a kick to the face.

The Frenchman was forced off holding a bloodied towel over his face in the 29th minute after Fenerbache striker Webo accidentally kicked him just above the eye when trying to control a high ball.

Boss Arsene Wenger was quizzed about the injury after the game and confirmed to reporters that Koscielny was taken to hospital with a nasty cut, which he says is “very, very deep” and they’re checking to ensure he hasn’t broken any bones. Arsene told Arsenal.com:

Laurent Kosielny’s [injury] has opened very deeply the skull and we had to take him to hospital. I was not happy with the kick because I feel always that you can ease a bit off. Only the player in the end will know what he did. We are concerned because we had to send him to hospital to see if he has not broken a bone. We are waiting for him to come back now. We are waiting for information to find out if he can fly home with us. We faced a lot of challenges on Saturday and tonight again. That is part of the intensity of the game. Today, of course, there was so much at stake you can understand that. This special challenge, I don’t know really what to think about it. When I saw it, I was angry. But I don’t know if the player can explain to you exactly what he did.

It’s certainly been an unfortunate opening to the season in terms of injures, with Koscielny now the second player to receive a nasty cut to his face after Kieran Gibbs picked up a similar injury on Saturday. Then we’ve had Alex oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta ruled out for at least 6 weeks, so our thin squad is certainly being stretched.

Koscielny is already ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Fulham after being sent off against Aston Villa but the injury must make him a huge doubt for the second leg against Fenerbache next week. Obviously if he’s broken any bones he’s set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but hopefully it’s not too serious and he’ll be fine to take on Tottenham next Sunday because we’ll certainly need him for that game.

Going into the north London derby with a patched up defence will be a nightmare scenario. Even if we bring in reinforcements beforehand, they’ll need more time to adapt and a NLD is hardly the ideal game to throw a new recruit in to. So fingers crossed we get some good news on Koscielny in the next couple of days.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. TJ

    August 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Sory koscielny

  2. zakariyau Jelyll

    August 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Wenger must make sure he sign a reasonable signing be4 d summer close

  3. Maka

    August 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Pls recover soon we need for spurs

  4. Maka

    August 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Pls recover soon we need you for spurs

  5. ruelandp

    August 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Poor Kos, really having some bad luck,just hope nothing is broken and he recovers soon

  6. Aussie Jack

    August 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

    So, we`ve had a win and one foot in the group stage door has opened, that`s encouraging but it doesn`t change the fact that Wenger has left it too late.
    With a second leg and two local derby`s in just over two weeks and no back up the immediate future doesn`t look too rosey. Back to pulling rabbits out and card tricks Mr. Wenger.

  7. tunde

    August 22, 2013 at 5:38 am

    wish Koscielny goodluck when the result is out. The press and some arsenal fans have ignorantly or intentionally downgraded this squad. The despiration for new signing and trophy does not mean we should not open our eyes and support these players

  8. john-davis

    August 22, 2013 at 7:22 am

    @ tunde u are spot on, thats what we expect from a true fan. Never the less we have to express our frustration towards lack of sinings in a calm manner hw real fans are suppose to do nt with disrespect as d glory hunters who call themselves fan do. Arsenal has a very strong first 11 & what we need most is a prolific goal scorer & we will be a real force in Europe.

  9. maniche

    August 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Without signing, even hopeless we no get

  10. Bosco

    August 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Signing,singing please Mr. Wenger…. No more tricks .

  11. Lawrence Capehart

    August 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    the injuries to Geggs Koscielny should be blood sacrifice to wash the bad luck off Arsenal. Now we will win something

  12. Uzoma timothy

    August 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Whatever the situation is, wenger should do every thing within his powers to sign a world-class center half before weekend and should not just sign for injury cover but to strenghten/solidify the shaky backline

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