Koscielny a doubt for Besiktas clash

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Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifier with Besiktas after reports suggest his Achilles problem has flared up in the wake of the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

The French international was touch and go all week ahead of the Premier League opener and with the the European game coming just three days later, it might be too soon.

It could mean that Per Mertesacker is brought back into action ahead of schedule, while the Mirror quote Arsene Wenger about Koscielny:

“We will assess Koscielny. If he is capable of playing, I will play him. I planned to bring the Germans back in contention for Everton but, in case of emergency, I will take Mertesacker.

“It’s a bit early for him – ideally he would need one more week preparation. He’s willing to play. No problem.”

With Kieran Gibbs possibly sidelined too, the Gunners are down to bare bones defensively, and it increases pressure on Wenger to address the issue in the transfer market.

The team travel to Turkey tomorrow, ahead of which we’ll get full team news from the Arsenal boss.

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