Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Laurent Koscielny will be out of action for 6 months after suffering an Achilles injury which requires surgery to repair.
The French international went down injured early in the defeat to Atletico Madrid last week, and early fears that he had done something serious have been realised.
The 32 year old won’t be seen in an Arsenal shirt again until the end of this year, and the hard work on his rehabilitation will start from now.
Asked how he was, the manager said, “Koscielny is devastated, he has surgery and that means he will be out for 6 months.
“You will not see him before the end of December, beginning of December at the best. It’s a blow in his final year for the national team, so you never know.
“We always try to be positive, you try to support people when they suffer, and they do suffer in this case.
“It’s unusual because he had a tendinopathy for a long time, but usually it doesn’t go to rupture.
“In this case it did, I don’t know why.”
All we can do is wish him well, but his absence leaves a real gap in terms of experience, and it seems more and more likely that we’ll make a purchase in this area in the summer.
The question is – who is going to make that purchase?