Arsene Wenger has confirmed Laurent Kocielny should be fit to face Crystal Palace this weekend for the Premier League opener.
A host of other stars are also set to miss the opener at Emirates on Saturday such as Theo Walcott, new signing David Ospina and Serge Gnabry but luckily Wenger is well stocked all over the park.
The backline was certainly a concern, however if Koscielny is indeed fit then he will likely partner new boy Calum Chambers with Per Mertesacker only just returning to training this week.
Wenger provided the latest fitness update:
on Theo Walcott and Ryo…
They are not available. Ryo is very close after injury and Theo is, as I always said, end of August or start of September. That is back into training of course.
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on Serge Gnabry…
He is not ready as well. I am not sure about the timeframe at the moment.
on David Ospina…
Ospina is two or three weeks away. He has a thigh strain from the Brazil vs Colombia game.
on Abou Diaby…
He’s back in full training – that’s good news. He needs to play a few games but this week he looked good in training.
on Laurent Koscielny…
Koscielny had a knock on his Achilles but he should be available for Saturday.
Predicted lineup to follow..