Cape Town - Arsenal manager Unai Emery is delighted
with the progress made by captain Laurent Koscielny as he bids to return to
The 32-year-old France international
centre-back has been sidelined since May with an Achilles tendon injury.
He subsequently underwent surgery and has
now returned to training.
Having lost their two opening Premier
League matches this season and conceding five goals, Koscielny will be a
welcome boost when he finally returns to action.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of
facing West Ham this weekend, Emery said: "He’s working very hard. He came
back to us last Sunday.
"We are happy to have him here with us
because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We
need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury.
"It’s clear that it’s very important
to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us."
Menawhile, Arsenal welcome West Ham United
to the Emirates stadium on Satuday, August 25.
Kick-off is at 16:00 (SA time).