Laurent Koscielny will miss Monday’s clash with Chelsea having required ten stitches in his knee following last weekend’s accidental clash with Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo.
The Frenchman sustained a nasty gash when the Spanish striker’s studs caught him on the knee as he scored City’s second goal and was seen beating the turf in pain before being stretchered off.
It was suggested the 28-year-old could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines although Arsene Wenger suggested this morning he could be back in time to face West Ham United on Boxing Day.
Thomas Vermaelen will ‘deputise’ alongside Per Mertesacker as Jose Mourinho’s men visit the Emirates for the second time this season. The Belgian played against the Blues in October’s 2-0 loss in the Capital One Cup.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Lukas Podolski will be back in the squad for the game against Chelsea, saying, “”It will take a little while for him to come back but he can score goals for us.”