Arsenal defender Laurent Koscienly has been struggling with injury for quite some time now and the French international has moved on to reveal the true extent of his Achilles problem.
Koscielny was diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in both feet during an international break in 2014 by the French Football Federation and the 31-year-old has indeed suffered a couple of Achilles problems since although he did feature regularly for the good part of the past three years.
Last month’s high-profile clash with Manchester City was the last occasion Laurent Koscielny got pegged back by the same problem leaving him sidelined for two games and Arsene Wenger is expected to rest his first-choice defender in tonight’s Premier League clash against Sunderland out of precaution.
Wenger needs Koscielny fit and ready for Sunday’s Everton duel and the FA Cup Final coming six days afterwards. The manager however needs to be careful with the player who moved on to reveal his Achilles problem will follow him until the very last day of his career.
“I have some problems. Now it is better. I know it is a difficult injury because you need to work every day on this. Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career.”, Koscielny said.
Koscielny is prepared to miss the Sunderland match adding that ‘sometimes it is better to miss one game to fit for the others’.
Arsenal need to win both of their final two Premier League matches and hope either Manchester City or Liverpool drop points in their respective matches to make sure Gunners do not end up missing out on a top four finish.
Should Arsenal do the unthinkable and cross the finish line without a Champions League ticket in their pocket, such a scenario would be the first one in Wenger’s era.
The French boss is under pressure as his future remains in balance and Arsenal supporters have been thought to be thinking about a boycott of this evening’s match in protest at the prospect of Wenger extending his deal beyond the current season.