Koscielny injury could be ‘serious’ + West Ham team news

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Arsene Wenger says that Laurent Koscielny’s Achilles injury could be serious as the defender faces a scan today on the problem that forced him off at half-time on Sunday.

The Arsenal manager says he’s unsure of how long the on-field skipper will be out for and when asked if the problem was serious he said, “Yes, it is serious. It’s an Achilles problem.

“If he has ruptured some fibres then it could be a few weeks. If it’s just inflammation he could be back for the weekend.

“He will have a scan today and we’ll know more tomorrow.”

Wenger was then asked about Per Mertesacker and his potential involvement against West Ham tomorrow.

“It’s possible, yes,” he said. “He is available, he has been available for a while.

“He is physically ready but he lacks competition. He’s worked very hard.”

Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both face fitness tests today, with the Frenchman saying both had a ‘good chance’ to be part of the squad.

Read today’s Arseblog: Fixture congestion + Gary Neville is wrong about Laurent Koscielny

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