Arsenal have good news from the injury front as key defender Laurent Koscielny could be set for a return against German giants Bayern Munich tomorrow.
The French centre back suffered a hamstring scare while on international duty with Les Bleus and subsequently missed Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final triumph over Everton as Wenger has to fall back on Vermaelen/Mertesacker partnership. The fragile combination might have worked against the Toffees but it shouldn’t be risked against the well-oiled Bavarians. Here is what Wenger had to say about his countryman’s recovery;
“I think he should practice again tomorrow and he has a chance to play on Tuesday,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.
That is certainly good news. Vermaelen did well for a player that hasn’t really had a good run of games and just fresh from a long lay-off but he also goofed at a crucial period and nearly gifted Everton the lead. The Gunners escaped but should there be a déjà vu against Bayern, Arsenal might not be so lucky.
Having Koscielny back also means we would be having an experienced defender on the bench and in the event of an injury to either Koscielny or Mertesacker ( it is not impossible and one should live ready). In the absence of the Frenchman, it could mean Sagna reverting to center-back and Jenkinson playing right back and that with Shaqiri and Ribery raring to go, it could spell disaster for Arsenal.
Having Koscielny back in training also means that he would be available for the North London derby slated for this weekend and that is also crucial as the Gunners cannot afford any more dropped points if they are to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.