Emery allays Koscielny fears
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is optimistic captain Laurent Koscielny will be fit for Sunday's Premier League visit of Southampton.
The former France international limped off after just 56 minutes of the Gunners' 3-0 victory over BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday and there were initial concerns that he had suffered a recurrence of the Achilles injury that ruled him out for six months at the end of last season.
However, Emery has now moved to ease the fears surrounding the severity of Koscielny's injury and he is retaining hope his skipper could still feature when Southampton visit the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
"I think it's precaution and we are going to wait for tomorrow," Emery told reporters. "But, I hope he will be okay for Sunday and for the next week. It's muscular, it's not a break. But it was only precaution because he was starting to feel not good.
When asked if it was an Achilles injury, Emery responded: "I think it's not broken. I think it's only a precaution because he didn't feel good and with the possibility that maybe if he carried on in the match, it could break."
Arsenal will definitely have forward Alexandre Lacazette back this weekend after he missed the win over BATE through suspension, but illness means Ainsley Maitland-Niles remains a major doubt.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.