Koscielny: I am determined to fight

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Earlier today, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Laurent Koscielny would miss the next six months having undergone surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon.

It’s a serious injury for a player who has been plagued by tedinopathy for years now, and which robs him of his place for France at the World Cup this summer.

It also leaves his Arsenal future in some doubt, as a new manager will probably need to fill the gap with an experienced player, and where that leaves him in the pecking order when he is fit again remains to be seen.

However, in a statement on Twitter, the 32 year old declared the operation a success and outlined his determination to return.

He said:

Thank you for all the messages received since my injury. The operation went well, it is a new stage that begins for me. I am determined to fight, not only for me but also for my family, my friends and all the people who support me.

Very quickly, Lolo…

It’s a cruel injury for a player who has given a lot to the club since he joined in 2010, so let’s hope he can make it back and play a part again.

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Pedant
Pedant

He’s always been a great fighter.

Just keep doing that Kos and you’ll be back and playing in no time.

Lots of luck.

Homer
Homer

Get well soon, Kos.

Sabarish Subramanian
Sabarish Subramanian

He wants his own song, he wants his own sooong. Laurent Koscielny, he wants his own song!!! love you Lolo. come back soon!

TR7
TR7

Stay strong captain!!!
If anyone can fight for this. its you!!!

Merci Arsene
Merci Arsene

Get well soon Kosc

Gabe
Gabe

Kos is a class defender, he’s a joy to watch defend when he plays well. However, with these chronic problems and his age I fear he might not be back to his best ever again. Get well soon Lolo.

Man Manny
Man Manny

He needs to adapt his game; he still has a lot to offer this club.

shokim
shokim

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Lolo!

dr Strange
dr Strange

Keep going and stay determined. You are the best cd we have and we will need you in the future. Hope you retire with us.

gooner1981
gooner1981

Now that he’s had this surgery, will that mean he will no longer need daily treatment and injections? Any medical experts out here who can shed some light on what might happen?

yen
yen

Not medical expert at all, just rephrasing what Arsene said in a press conf: not usual that inflamed achiles tendon ruptures, but when it does, the good thing is that the operation heals the inflamation!

David C
David C

Not trying to be a jerk and I hope I’m wrong, but does anyone think his time with us is up? I mean we could barely rely on him as a starter this season and you could see he’s lost a bit of pace.

He’s been my favourite Arsenal defender since Toure so perhaps he could play a bit more as a squad player in years to come. Would he accept that and would a new coach want that?

I’m gutted he is missing the World Cup, France won’t be as strong without him.

Best wishes and speed recovery KOS!

santori
santori

Wear and tear.

Taking nothing away from Koscielny but he may become a liability.

We will do ourselves no favours to depend on him next season.

Aside from Mustafi and Chambers, we have Holding and Mavropanos.

I don’t see the efficacy of us taking on another 21 yr old defender from Stuttgart…its frankly the last think we need.

But Mslintat does not buy for squad balance considerations so you never know.

If anything, we need to think of the road ahead without Koscielny.

If we find interest in market, we should sell Koscielny. If not we can retain him for one more season as a back up bonus (ala Per)

But Mustafi for all the criticism is still our most solid Cback. This considering the number of high profile mistakes Koscielny made first season (red Cards, Penalties conceded and own goals)

The German has to iron out his games but the usual armchair stats merchants avoid highligting the number of critical blocks and intercepts he has put in for us this season.

What he would benefit form his a partner who can better anticipate him. Several matches this season (in many ways due to our set up) Koscielny was too far away from Mustafi and the fullbacks were over comitted high up bc they make our width due to a lack of natural wide players.

Mustafi was isolated. Sometimes he did OK sometimes he over committed (hand gestures etc looking for the call…poor habit but he is hardly the only one in the squad)

We need to be looking at say De Vrij (free transfer) or Koulabaly (he may cost with interest from elsewhere)

Then Chambers should also be in the mix as he has quietly and steadily improved which is gratifying at last.

One of the young Cbacks (Mavropanos or Holding) should stay on periphery to challenge and push the senior players and the other should seriously go out on a strong loan.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

You are deluded about Mustaphi, is he your cousin?

Makes way too many basic errors, he lumps the ball forward all the time to no one in particular. Dives in way too early unnecessarily.

He is young so hopefully he can rectify this issues.

Yes he blocks but it’s normally to cover his on cock ups.

Jimbo1
Jimbo1

Mavropanos already looks better than the rest. He should be at least in our top 3 choice for centre back next season. Mustafi is a liability and just makes too many mistakes and should be moved on in the summer.

Winterburn Wanderers
Winterburn Wanderers

He’ll be fit in time for Christmas. Back to take a part-time role in a well-shielded back three where he can boss it.