Arsenal will take a trip this Saturday to the KingPower Stadium to face the reigning Premier League Champions Leicester City but will be looking to remedy a poor start.
We were very disappointing last weekend when we hosting Liverpool but understandably, We had inexperienced centre-back fielded and you would argue that a Koscielny at the heart of defense would have made us conceded less goals than we did.
Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista were out of the game as they were banjaxed with injuries while Laurent Koscielny had an extended break because of this engagement at the Euro 2016 Championship and was short of fitness. Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud were also left out of action and Wenger revealed that it was a measure to avoid injuries as he wants to ease them into games.
There was some good news with the manager hinting that Laurent Koscielny could return for Saturday’s game to help ease the central-defensive problem.
“He is close,” he said, before speaking about his plans to give the player and extended break were put into disarray by pre-season injuries.
“I gave him holidays at the start because we have Gabriel and Mertesacker, but then we lost the two and we’re short of experience.”
Pressed again about the returns of Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil, Wenger admitted it would be something of a risk.
“It’s a bit early, I will have to take a gamble maybe, but I still have 48 hours to decide that. “If I have to gamble on one, it will be him [Koscielny].”
Blaise Matuidi, Ngolo Kante, Bacary Sagna, Paul Pogba and the like have all returned to their clubs and some of them featured already. Why is Arsenal’s own always different, to the point that in the second week, Wenger still claims it will be a gamble to play those players.
Those players are probably susceptible to injuries because of our training method and nothing else.