Our injury problems just seem to keep on growing, with Laurent Koscielny the latest to be hit by the Arsenal curse. With a huge number of players already sidelined, the French centre-back looks set to miss our key clash with Bayern Munich due to a hip injury.
It was announced when the lineups were being discussed on BT Sport in the pre-match show, with the presenter revealing that the centre-back was consigned to the bench as a precaution.
It’s a real blow, not only to lose a player of Koscielny’s calibre, but that we are once again suffering our season threatening glut of injuries.
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Thankfully we’ve got Gabriel Paulista ready to take his place, with the Brazilian more than proving himself so far this season. He’s become a real fan favourite, and has put in a number of excellent performances since breaking into the first team on a regular basis.
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Hopefully it is nothing more than a precaution putting Koscielny on the bench, and you have to assume that if it was anything potentially serious he would have been out of the squad completely.