23rd August, 2018
Arsenal fans must be happy to hear these good news – their team captain, Laurent Koscielny is so close to returning to fitness that it is even being muted that he might just feature at a stage in their next premier league fixture coming up against West Ham this weekend.
Koscielny has been out of action since May when he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the 12th minute of Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid.
However, things are looking good for both club and player as Emery confirmed he is back in action at the club’s training centre. As a matter of fact the head coach commented on his “very good progress” in training.
In the absence of the captain in the Gunner’s defence, the team has already shipped in 5 goals in their first two Premier League matches of the season, both of which ended in defeat.
The coach has had to pair Sokratis Papastathopoulos with Shkodran Mustafi in the centre of defence as Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City and 3-2 by Chelsea.
It is no surprise therefore that the team just cannot wait enough for their “strong man” to return to the heart of the defence in order to restore some level of stability in that area.
The coach was asked about the progress level of the player and the following is what he had to say:
“He’s working very hard. He came back to us“ last Sunday. We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury.”
When asked if the player will be playing a part in the team’s next match, Emery simply replied: “It’s difficult to know. You look at this morning, he’s running, he’s working on the pitch. “The progress is very good progress.”
Aside from the team captain’s issue, the coach is also looking at the formation the Gunners deploy at the moment to see if he can add some variations to it.
For an example, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has played as a lone striker in both of Arsenal’s opening league games but Emery said he and his players are not afraid of a change in the formation if and when required.
According to him:
“At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside,” added Emery.
“But it is one possibility to continue our progress and in one moment to try also to play with two scorers. In the last match of the pre-season, against Lazio, I did it with [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Eddie] Nketiah.
“But also, this position also for the players, they know that in one moment we can do that. But at the moment, no.”