Cape Town - Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the injury suffered by
centre-back Laurent Koscielny could keep him out for weeks.
Wenger was forced to substitute Koscielny at half-time during the 2-2
draw with Manchester City on Sunday after the France international
picked up an Achilles injury.
"It is certainly serious," Wenger told a press conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with West Ham.
"If he's ruptured a few fibres of his tendon, it could be a few
weeks. If it's just an inflammation, he could maybe be available for
selection next week against Crystal Palace. I think he has a scan today
and we'll know much more tomorrow."
Meanwhile, the Gunners should be boosted by the return of Aaron
Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have both recovered from minor
"They have a test today and we'll see if they can be involved. I
think there's a good chance that they're back in the squad," Wenger
Manchester United defender Gary Neville laid into Arsenal trio Mesut
Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, and Theo Walcott following the 2-2 draw with
Neville criticised all three players, claiming that Ozil didn't show
enough commitment, Koscielny wasn't prepared to play through the pain,
and Walcott's performance and attitude wasn't good enough.