Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to hand Laurent Koscielny 'final test' on fitness ahead of Watford trip
Posted: 12 October 2017 Time: 15:39
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hand Laurent Koscielny a ‘final test’ on his fitness tomorrow ahead of the trip to Watford, but Shkodran Mustafi is out.
The Gunners have numerous defensive concerns ahead of Saturday’s Premier League encounter, with Mustafi having picked up a long-term injury while playing for Germany while Koscielny has been out with an Achilles problem.
However, the France international could just about make the cut, with the Gunners to hand him a late fitness test, while Sead Kolasnic is another whose participation is not guaranteed.
"The minor problem we have with Sead Kolasnic, we'll check him today, it's a hip problem," Wenger said on Thursday.
"We've lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks. I don't think he'll be available before the next international break.
"Koscielny has a definite final test tomorrow. At the moment, he's not available. He trained on his own and the first signs are positive.
"I have [concerns about the line-up]. I think about sorting out the problem, but overall I will decide completely tomorrow the line-up because Koscielny will have a test. It looks like if he survives the test he is capable to play."