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Laurent Koscielny given compassionate leave?


Arsene Wenger reveals defender may miss Saturday’s game

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that Laurent Koscielny may miss Saturday’s game against West Bromwich Albion after being ‘deeply’ affected by Friday’s attacks in Paris.

The France capital was attacked by terrorists on Friday evening, killing over 100 people, and Koscielny was visibly affected by the situation still on Tuesday night when France played England in a friendly.

During the French national anthem, the Arsenal centre-back was fighting away the tears and his club-manager has confirmed that he’s been deeply affected by the events.

Wenger Confirms Koscielny Worries

At this morning’s press conference, Wenger said: “He had a fantastic game against Germany. And you could see that on Tuesday night he was not himself. It affected him deeply and I didn’t recognise the player I saw on Friday night on Tuesday night.

“I will talk with him. I have not talked to him yet, but I will talk to him to see if he is completely recovered and focused.

“It’s a big game for us. You have to trust the player in these kind of situations. Today in the Premier League you don’t get away with it with 80% focus. You have to be completely committed.

“What I will want from him is that he’s completely committed and feels ready. If not, I will not play him.”

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt


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