Laurent Koscielny ruled out of Cologne clash


Laurent Koscielny will not be available for Arsenal’s first Europa League game of the season because of suspension.

The French international is serving a one game ban because of the red card he picked up during the 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in our last European game.

Koscielny was shown the red for a foul on Robert Lewandowski during the game at the Emirates in March, and while it seems a bit harsh that he’s punished in a different competition in a different season, those are the rules.

Arsene Wenger is expected to rotate his squad for this game, as the Gunners face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a lunchtime kickoff on Sunday.

It should see the likes of David Ospina, Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Olivier Giroud and others get a run out, and there may even be room for a couple of young players, with Reiss Nelson a candidate to start at right wing-back.

Wenger spoke last week about the 17 year old, admitting it wasn’t his natural position, but said, “The only thing that you would say is that he is more of an offensive-minded player than a defensive-minded player, but then he has to learn that part of the job as well.

“He has a good engine and he’s a good dribbler as well, he can pass people, unbalance defences, open defences.”

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