Arsene Wenger says he doesn’t know when Laurent Koscielny will be back in action after the French international went off at half-time in the 2-2 draw with Man City on Sunday.
The Arsenal captain is suffering from an Achilles problem, and speaking directly after the game, the manager was unclear as to how long he might be sidelined.
“I don’t know how long Koscielny will be out for,” he said. “He came off at half-time with an Achilles problem. How long will that last?
“I don’t know.”
It’s a worry for the Gunners as the 31 year old has, at times, been the glue holding the defence together, but he has looked a shadow of himself in recent weeks.
Arsenal fans will also know well that Achilles problems can be very difficult to put right, with Santi Cazorla missing most of this season after aggravating a chronic problem he had been playing through.
Still, an actual injury wasn’t enough to stop Gary Neville being critical of Koscielny on Sky afterwards, questioning his character too, saying, “Koscielny always goes off. He’s a centre-back. He plays to half-time and then goes off.
“He might have a bit of a problem with his Achilles and I might be being very harsh, but he went off against Bayern Munich and went off in a big game today.”
He went off against Bayern Munich with an injury and couldn’t continue yesterday because of an injury.
It was only the third time in 41 games this season that he has been substituted. He has completed the full 90 minutes + stoppage time 37 times for club and country this campaign, and was also sent off against Bayern in March which prevented another full game.
So yeah, it’s pretty harsh to suggest he went off for any other reason than injury.
— arseblog (@arseblog) April 3, 2017