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Koscielny pushing for Etihad start

1st February 2019, 07:20 by Alex Jack

Laurent Koscielny is back in full training and should start in the big game against Manchester City on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.

The Frenchman suffered a jaw injury against Manchester United but the experienced defender could slightly ease the Gunners' availability problems at the back ahead of the weekend.

Hector Bellerin (ACL), Rob Holding (ACL) and Sokratis Papastathopolous (ankle) are all out of action for the foreseeable future, so manager Unai Emery can little afford any issues with Koscielny.

Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (metatarsal) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (knee) are both being assessed ahead of the trip to the north west, while there is some debate on whether Mesut Ozil will start against the Premier League champions because of the uncertainty regarding the German's future.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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