Laurent Koscielny Recovered In Good Time - Unai Emery

Arnold Nichols
December 15, 2018

Arsenal have a new star on their hands and his name is Bukayo Saka.

It has been a solid start to the season for the Gunners.

He probably should have capped his performance with a goal as well when he had a gilt-edged chance to double Arsenal's lead but fired nearly straight at the goalkeeper.

Koscielny, 33, has yet to play under Emery having ruptured his Achilles in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in May.

"He played with a very big personality and sometimes with a very good performance". "We were speaking at half-time, they were trying one-on-ones against the opposition". Nketiah played today also and gave a good performance. "And for him it's very important for his confidence".

Arsenal could get one injury boost, though, as Emery said Aaron Ramsey is expected to be available again after recovering from an ankle injury.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that he would be open to bringing a new central defender to the Emirates Stadium during the January transfer window.

Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are definitely out, Shkodran Mustafi has a hamstring problem and Sokratis Papstathopoulos is suspended.

That may be pushing it slightly but Saka is certainly a huge talent and hopefully we see him given more opportunities in the first team over the coming season. With Ramsey not playing today's match, there are chances he might start on Sunday.

It remains to be seen how quickly the 33-year-old Koscielny can get back to his best after almost seven months on the sidelines, while Konstantinos Mavropanos, 21, is still out with a troublesome groin injury and hasn't played all season. He emerged unscathed from a victory over Qarabag played at walking pace. "The doctor said to me he thinks on Saturday he can train and be okay for Sunday".

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