Arsene Wenger says he’s ‘relieved’ to have Bacary Sagna back after a 4 month spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.
The French international is one of the most consistent performers in the team and without him, compounded by injury to his replacement Carl Jenkison, we’ve had some struggles. Sagna could be back in contention for a first team place tomorrow against Aston Villa in the league and the boss is happy to see him return, along with some of the other injured players.
“Bacary is back in full training,” he said. Many players who are not specialist right-backs have been playing in this position so we are relieved to have him back.
“At the moment, many players are on their way back. I’ll have to look at them and see how much of a gamble I can take because we play again on Wednesday. Gibbs will certainly not be involved at all on Sunday, but the others could be involved. That will be decided before the game.”
The boss also hailed Laurent Koscielny who has emerged as one of the brighter spots in this, thus far, gloomy season. He had his first season problems but has shown real character and quality to become a fan favourite.
““I believe that last year you could already see the potential but he did not have that dominance in the duels that he has found this season.
“That makes him, I personally believe, one of the top-class central defenders in the Premier League.”
And Koscielny himself is aware of the importance of the cup in English football and wants to make sure that after the last few weeks teh fans have something to cheer.
“I know in England that winning the FA Cup is a very big trophy for the team. You know that the FA Cup is difficult because it is a hard game for 90 minutes. We know Aston Villa, we won away but it was a difficult game.
“Now it is at home we want to go as far as possible in this competition and so we have to win this game. It is important for the team because we have lost our last three games, and for the supporters because they were not happy after those defeats.”