Wenger Confirms HUGE Injury Blow As Key Man Out For At Least 4 Weeks

By on October 24, 2014

Laurent-Koscielny Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed some terrible news regarding the fitness of Laurent Koscielny with the defender not expected back for at least another month.

Koscielny has been struggling with an Achilles injury all season and aggravated the issue while away with the France squad earlier this month.

Arsene initially hinted it was a minor set-back and that the 29-year-old should be back after a few days rest. However, it appears the injury is worse than first feared and now Kos is facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

Speaking at his press conference this morning, Arsene revealed that while he didn’t want to give a set deadline, he ‘hoped’ to have Koscielny available again after the next international break.

On Koscielny’s fitness, he told Arsenal.com:

I cannot give you any date because we go day-by-day with him at the moment. I hope that after the next international break he will be available again. Before that I don’t think so.

It means Kos will now miss further games against Sunderland, Burnley, Anderlecht and Swansea before the next international break with a possible comeback against Manchester United on November 22nd.

However, Wenger sounded less than certain so there is still the chance that Koscielny could be out for even longer if the injury fails to heel quickly.

This news is a huge blow as Koscielny has been sorely missed during his absence already and no doubt our defence will continue to look a shambles over the coming weeks while he’s on the sidelines.

Obviously this injury only brings the focus on the manager even more for not signing another centre-back in the summer and it still baffles me why he didn’t when he knew Koscielny’s Achilles were playing up.

But there’s not much we can do about it now and the big decision is how to cope without the Frenchman. Arsene has gone with Nacho Monreal alongside Per Mertesacker over the past two games but I’d much prefer to see Chambers in the middle with Bellerin on the right.


  1. jeff wright

    October 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

    The reason why Wenger failed to sign another CB ,even though he knew that Koscielny was carrying an injury and that Mertesacker would not be fit after the world cup, and is obviously past his best anyway,is the same old story that we have got to know so well over the years. He gambles on making do with what he has to save money . He sold Vermaelen and stashed the cash instead of reinvesting it. Nothing new this and just par for the course with a manager who acts like an accountant for the shareholders at AFC.

  2. Me

    October 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    How are we expected to compete???

    This is going beyond simple bad luck, it happens EVERY season without fail.

    Wenger is totally inept, incompetent and useless – this season is beyond a fall from form and into the realm of catastrophic failure.

    Look at Chelsea – do you see such injury problems there?

    I cannot and will not say anything positive about Wenger any more – he weighed the importance of success against saving a bit of money and found saving money to be more important.

    I associate everything about Wenger with failure now – failure to sign players, failure to recognise the reasons why we suffer injuries every season, failure to apply tactics. The simple fact of the matter is that Mourinho was spot on when he said Wenger is a specialist in failure but I think he failed to recognise just how far his failure extended…

    Arsenal will rise once he has gone, the trouble is I suspect that he will be here until the day they drag him out in his coffin and even then the idiot will have a major say in who we appoint as manager….

  3. Peter Kenny

    October 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I think the reason why Wenger prefers starting Chambers in the right back, partnering Per & Monreal, is because both Chambers & Per prefer playing right centre back. No of the two are conformable playing left centre back, and Monreal does.

  4. Igbo Amadi-Obi

    October 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Chambers is not left-footed. So, whenever he has to play in the middle with Per, Per is drafted to the left despite that he is himself not left-footed, but is obviously the more experienced defender. Still, it leaves us compromised in defense because Per is not at his best on the left side either.

    I’m embarrassed for Wenger for making such an elementary error, despite that he had assured everyone that if Vermaelen left, he would have to get a replacement.

    One of Wenger’s failings is the belief that he can always convert someone to play somewhere. The reason Arteta is a defensive midfielder today. you get the best out of people when you play them in their best position. simple.

    This situation entirely the Manager’s responsibility, and strengthens the hands of those who say he is past his good days.

  5. Lance

    October 25, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I liken Wenger to a father who keeps money in the bank and refuses to pay the family’s bills – rent, school fees, hospital bill etc

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