Cape Town - Arsenal manager Unai Emery admits he can
start thinking about including Laurent Koscielny in his plans as the defender
nears his long-awaited comeback from injury.
The France international has yet to feature for the Gunners
this season as he recovers from an Achilles injury sustained in the Europa
League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid on May 3.
Koscielny was forced to miss Les Bleus' triumphant 2018
World Cup campaign after undergoing surgery, but he's making good progress and
has returned to training with his club.
Emery revealed that the 33-year-old centre-back could come
into the reckoning after the international break, with their final two Europa
League group games against Vorskla and Qarabag a perfect opportunity to ease
him back into action.
"The most important is his feeling every day and that
he can feel better at each training," the Spaniard said.
"He is close to being with us and also (playing) in the
competition games but, at the moment, we are happy with him, he is feeling
"He is getting better every day and we are going to
think after the internationals. I hope we can continue working and start to
think about him playing games."
Koscielny is the second longest-serving player in the current
squad behind Aaron Ramsey, having joined the north London giants from Lorient