Arsene Wenger says he’s sure that he can win the league with Arsenal before his current deal is up, but also issued a warning over Laurent Koscielny’s fitness.
The Gunners defensive issues have seen the France international return to the squad sooner than expected, and the Arsenal manager has admitted the former Lorient man is not quite 100% yet.
“Koscielny could be a problem because his inflammation of the Achilles is not completely gone,” he said.
“He had two tendons which were bad. The left has gone completely and the right is still a little bit there so, if he has no reaction, he can cope with it. If he has a reaction, you have to be cautious.”
It’s not uncommon for players to play through pain and with various aches and strains, so it’s not the end of the world, but the lack of defensive cover means that Wenger can’t afford to take any risks either.
As for the possibility of lifting the Premier League crown again before the end of his three year contract, the Frenchman said, “Of course. We have not started very well but we never had the squad together since the start of the season.
“It was a post-World Cup start. I think we have what is requested to do it. We have fought many times for the title. People always remember who won it but the fight has been very tight for long periods in the last eight or nine years.
“We have a big competition in England, we have to accept that. The Premier League level goes always up and this season, Chelsea has started very well. They will be difficult to catch but everybody will fight to come back on them.”