Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny had an eventful outing for the France national team against Spain, giving away a penalty and clashing heads as Les Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat at home. However, the Gunners defender isn’t thought to have sustained any lasting damage that could rule him out of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.
In Arsenal’s recent slump, Koscielny has been key to keeping the defence somewhat together. His absence in the Champions League saw the side crumble in both legs of their last-16 tie with Bayern Munich, and the form of partner Shkodran Mustafi has been disappointing alongside him in 2017. Mertesacker is waiting in the wings but is short on match fitness while the athletic Gabriel is error-prone at centre-back.
It means Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger potentially has a doubt ahead of the Manchester City clash. Koscielny played on after clashing heads in the game after initially looking set to be substituted, but the aftermath can often be worse without adrenaline getting him through the match. Wenger’s likely to make an announcement in the coming days.
Arsenal can’t afford to be without Koscielny, especially ahead of a meeting with a free-scoring club who have already beaten the Londoners this season. Arsenal are 1/1 to win against Manchester City, but do they stand a chance without Koscielny?