There was mixed news on the injury front ahead of the North London derby for two of Arsenal’s French stars.
Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were involved in the France squad which played games against Wales and Germany.
The striker scored against the Welsh last Friday night but was then ruled out of the second game with a thigh problem. Koscielny was left on the bench for the 2-2 draw with the Germans as he continues to manage an ongoing Achilles problem, something which pleased the Arsenal manager.
“It was needed for him,” he said, “as we couldn’t use him for a number of games. He just came back against City, because he had an Achilles tendon problem.
“For me if he had played in Germany he certainly wouldn’t have been available for Saturday.
“Olivier Giroud did pick up an injury, I don’t think he will be available.
“It’s short-term, he should start again on Monday, we have to assess him on Monday.”
Alexandre Lacazette is set to start his first derby, looking to build on the two goals he scored in midweek for his country.
We’re in need of a new talisman for these games, let’s hope he’s the man with the talis.