Koscielny confirms he’s fit, urges Arsenal pre-season focus


Laurent Koscielny has confirmed that he’s recovered from a small back issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s friendly match with Bayern Munich and should be available for tomorrow’s game against Chelsea in Beijing.

Speaking to ahead of the showdown with Antonio Conte’s reigning Premier League champions, the France international urged his team mates to focus on securing another confidence boosting victory.

“My back is better,” he told a press conference on Friday morning.

“I had a little pain on Tuesday morning. I’ve done treatment for two days and today I trained and was okay. Not 100 per cent but I’m okay for playing so we will see tomorrow.

“As for the team, I think last season we finished well and we’ve worked well during this [pre-season] tournament in Australia and China.

“We work well physically, technically and tactically and we have some friendly games to show what we learnt during our sessions.

“The games are for this and we want to win because it gives you confidence you need to play with freedom.

“I hope all the players focus on our new season and we need to play and win our first game [against Leicester].”

Arsene Wenger also gave an update on the status of the rest of the squad revealing: “Theo Walcott might not play tomorrow. Today we had 21 players fit, Theo Walcott was not ready but it’s nothing major.”

On the match itself, he added: “It’s a friendly between Chelsea and Arsenal and that means it’s not really friendly, there’s always some pride at stake and some London desire to have superiority.

“It was a very interesting game against Chelsea in the FA Cup final, we play against them in the Charity [Community] Shield and we play them very early in the season again. In fact, we know each other very well.

“It’s difficult to know how prepared is Chelsea and how far we are with our preparation. Tomorrow will be a good indication, it was good against Bayern. It’s another test for us before the season.”

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