Arsenal have received some boost with regards to the fitness of club-captain Laurent Koscielny. The France international suffered a serious Achilles injury during the second leg of the Europe League semi-final against Atletico Madrid last term and he has since missed the summer World Cup after requiring a surgery to rectify the problem.
Speaking ahead of the West Ham United game, Emery confirmed that Koscielny has returned to individual training, though he refused to confirm as to which date could witness his comeback with the first-team.
Earlier in the summer, it had been suggested that Koscielny may only return to training during the month of October but the Frenchman’s ability to take sprinting sessions with the physio suggests that he could make a swifter return from the sidelines.
Nonetheless, the north London club should be wary of rushing the centre-back until he is completely fit, given the same kind of problem hampered Santi Cazorla, who was ultimately released from his contract this summer.
Arsenal are currently just above the drop zone after starting the Premier League season with back-to-back defeats but they should pick up some momentum in the coming games, given their schedule is not the most daunting.
Unai Emery’s side welcome West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and the match certainly promises goals with the Gunners netting at least thrice in four of their previous five league meetings.
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