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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed Laurent Koscielny will make his long-awaited comeback against Qarabag – with Mesut Ozil also set to feature in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Koscielny, 33, ruptured his Achilles in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in May and is yet to play under Emery
The defender missed France’s World Cup success as he battled back to fitness and featured for 85 minutes in a Checkatrade Trophy clash with Portsmouth last week.
Koscielny is now set to start against the Azerbaijani minnows as Emery tests his fitness ahead of a Premier League return.
The Gunners have a defensive crisis on their hands ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton with Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos injured, Shkodran Mustafi struggling with a hamstring problem and Sokratis Papastathopoulos suspended.
Meanwhile, Ozil has missed the last five games in all competitions having initially dropped out of the side at Bournemouth before being ruled out with a back injury.
He could also be in line to play against Qarabag having lost his place in Emery’s Premier League side.
“I don’t know,” Emery replied when asked if Ozil would feature.
“Tomorrow he is in the group, there are 18 players in the squad for this match and I am going to decide if he plays tomorrow from the beginning or during the match in the 90 minutes.”
Here is how talkSPORT.com expects Arsenal to line-up on Thursday night.