Despite the fantastic performances from our three new signings yesterday afternoon, Arsenal’s 4-0 pre-season win over FC Koln did not come without any adverse effects. The booing of Robin van Persie by some Arsenal fans aside, we will now have to deal with injuries to both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Laurent Koscielny ahead of the new Premier League season.
This week a number of our players are away on international duty. However, both Koscielny and AOC have been withdrawn from the France and England squads respectively. Speaking at a press conference earlier today, new France manager Didier Deschamps confirmed that Koscielny is suffering from a calf injury, although there is no indication as to how serious:
“Everybody has arrived this morning and everybody is in good health. We have a problem with Laurent Koscielny who has a problem with his calf. He will be examined this afternoon but its seems difficult to play him on Wednesday.
“It’s not much of a concern to have 21 players. I am not going to call anyone else up. Right now we have enough players in that position. Certain people aren’t here because of different reasons – also through injury.
“With the withdrawal of Koscielny, three defenders are left. Two will make their debuts, which will help us take a look at them”
Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, has become the third player to pull out of the young England squad chosen to face Italy on Wednesday. The Ox has picked up a small ankle injury and will join Daniel Sturridge and Joe Hart on the sidelines. However, as with Koscielny we have no idea how bad the injury is.
Hopefully, neither player will be out for particularly long. Arsène Wenger will no doubt give a full injury update in his press conference on Friday, but the early reports suggest that at least one of players will be available to play against Sunderland on Saturday. Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong are Arsenal’s only other long-term injuries.