Team news: Arsenal handed triple injury boost ahead of Tottenham showdown

By on March 1, 2019

Arsenal have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of Saturday’s North London Derby with Tottenham at Wembley.

Laurent Koscielny was a doubt for the game tomorrow after picking up a knee injury during our 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

The 33-year-old needed treatment during the closing stages of the game after being kicked on his knee but had to carry on as Unai Emery had used all his subs and the boss said after the game he hoped it was nothing serious.

The club have now confirmed a huge boost as Koscielny has been able to take part in full training meaning he’s fit and available to take on Tottenham this weekend.

Stephan Lichtsteiner missed the win over Bournemouth after suffering a back injury against Southampton last weekend but the full-back has resumed full training and is back in contention to face Spurs.

There also looks to be positive news on Sead Kolasinac as there was no mention of him in the official team news update today which suggests he’s fit and available for the trip to Wembley.

Kolasinac was subbed off in midweek with Emery claiming after the game the Bosnian international had a minor muscle problem but it seems the left-back has made a swift recovery.

It means our only injury concerns ahead of the Tottenham game are long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding – who are all out for the rest of the season.

The team news update on Arsenal.com read:

Laurent Koscielny
In full training. (Knock to right knee during Bournemouth (h)).

Stephan Lichtsteiner
In full training. (From minor back issue).

Hector Bellerin
Left knee. Recovering after surgery.

Rob Holding
Left knee. Recovering after surgery.

Danny Welbeck
Right ankle. Recovering after surgery.