Tuesday 17 October 2017

Koscielny and Wilshere doubtful for Chelsea

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during Tuesday night's Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during Tuesday night's Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION

Laurent Koscielny faces a race against time to be fit for Arsenal's key Premier League clash against Chelsea. The Gunners fear they will be without central defender Koscielny and midfielder Jack Wilshere when Chelsea visit the Emirates next Monday.

Koscielny was forced out of Arsenal's defeat at Manchester City with a deep gash on his right knee and later tweeted a picture, also saying: "Not too serious injury for Laurent."

Arsenal will now monitor how the cut heals, but the position of the wound means Koscielny may not be able to return next week.

Wilshere is expected to be handed a one-match ban for improper conduct after making an obscene gesture during the City defeat. The FA will find out today if the incident is included in referee Martin Atkinson's report. If it is not, they will most likely review video evidence. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for one game and fined £20,000 for a similar offence in 2011.

Meanwhile, right-back Bacary Sagna may be forced to accept a compromise to sign a new deal at the club. The 30-year-old had been demanding a three-year extension, but the Gunners are unlikely to offer more than two extra years.

Arsenal also hope to confirm a new contract for Per Mertesacker, who captained the side against City, which will keep him at the club for another three years. Mertesacker laid into team-mate Mesut Özil for not applauding the Arsenal fans at Eastlands, but there is not thought to be any lasting animosity between the close friends.

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