Arsenal boss confirms these 2 players will start v Middlesbrough

By on April 17, 2017

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech are set to return to the starting eleven for tonight’s clash with Middlesbrough.

Arsenal head to the Riverside desperately needing to come away with three points to aid our top four push and Wenger is pleased to have our experienced duo back in the team.

Koscielny has missed the last two games duo to an Achilles injury that he sustained during the 2-2 draw with Manchester City earlier this month.

Cech on the other hand has sat out the previous three matches after suffering a calf strain during our 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion last month.

Both players returned to full training late last week and Wenger said at his pre-match press conference on Friday that the pair would be handed late fitness tests to see if they would be available for selection tonight.

Thankfully it looks as though the pair passed those fitness checks as Wenger has now revealed to Arsenal.com that both Koscielny and Cech will start against Boro this evening.

“The good news is that Laurent Koscielny will come back, Petr Cech will come back into the team, so that’s two experienced players who should help to make it a bit more tranquil and make us a bit more confident.”

Obviously it will be a major boost to have two of our most experienced players back in the side as confidence in the team can’t be high following last weeks humiliation at Palace.

Emi Martinez hasn’t really put a foot wrong but he’s set to make way for Cech while Gabriel will drop out for Kos despite putting in a couple of decent displays recently.