Wenger: Koscielny to miss France matches

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Laurent Koscielny will miss France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus because of his Achilles problem requires further treatment.

The centre-back was selected by Didier Deschamps for next week’s fixtures but having missed Arsenal’s victories with BATE Borisov and Brighton will stay in London to rest.

Facing the media after the Gunners 2-0 win over the Seagulls on Sunday, Wenger had fitness updates on his compatriot, as well as Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck.

“I would have loved to continue to play [instead of going on an Interlull], but we cannot do anything about that and let’s hope that the players come back in good shape.

“Some players will not go on the international break. Laurent Koscielny, because he has an Achilles problem, Mesut Ozil because he has an inflammation of his knee and Danny Welbeck as well because he’s not fit.”

Koscielny has spoken before about the constant treatment he requires on his Achilles. Let’s hope a bit of rest is enough to see him back fighting fit in a couple of weeks.

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