Chief Football Correspondent for the London Evening Standard, James Olley has confirmed Koscielny’s long-term injury via a tweet yesterday. The journalist expressed the exact words of Arsene Wenger in a press conference,
Wenger: “Koscielny will certainly be out. He has a hamstring strain – it looks like 3 weeks. Arteta and Flamini are out.”
The development confirms the fears that the France international wont be in action against Manchester United. And will be sidelined for the next 3 weeks, missing 3 League games, a France’s international fixture and the Gunners’ team 1st leg match against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League in the process.
Koscielny picked up the strain on his hamstring during the Champions League’s defeat to Olympiacos in midweek, and Germany international, Per Mertesacker came on to replace him. Lauren’s injury comes at a time when the majority of the starting lineup are on the sidelines. Arteta, Flamini, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, and Jack Wilshere are all injured, and Arsenal’s chances of contesting for the EPL title continue to look dim.
The Gunners are currently with 13 points after 7 games, and they will hope to draw level with United on points if they pick up all 3 points at the Emirates on Sunday. Wenger has been under criticism following his recent transfer policies after failing to sign an outfield player during the Summer transfer window, and his 19th year at the club might not end well if they fail to do well at the end of the season.