Emery insists he has no concerns over Koscielny’s fitness

Laurent Koscielny
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Portsmouth and Arsenal U21 at Fratton Park on December 04, 2018 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has no concerns over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny following the captain’s long-awaited return from injury.

The Frenchman suffered a ruptured Achilles in May against Atletico Madrid, spending seven months on the sidelines before returning to action last month during the UEFA Europa League tie with Qarabag at the Emirates.

The former France international has gone on to feature in six games  in all competitions during a time when the Gunners have been short of centre-backs, but he has struggled with his fitness and he had to pull out of the starting XI for the FA Cup game against Blackpool just minutes before kick-off with a back problem.

Koscielny has trained this week, and is expected to be in the squad that travels to the London Stadium West Ham on Saturday and Emery believes the former Lorient centre-half is slowly getting back to his best.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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“We pushed him to play after his injury because we needed him in some matches and it wasn’t easy for him to play three matches in one week,” said Arsenal’s head coach, according to Football.London.

“We pushed him and he was playing three matches in a week, but not 90 minutes in each match. He did that.”

“Little by little Koscielny is feeling better and he can play consistently.”

“I think he is getting better and after one month playing with us, the next matches he is going to be better for playing maybe three matches a week.”


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