Laurent Koscielny available for Community Shield

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Laurent Koscielny will be available for selection for this Sunday’s Community Shield against Chelsea.

The French international was sent off in our final league game of last season, and was issued a mandatory three match ban.

He served the first game of that suspension the following week, missing out on the 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

However, as this Sunday’s game against Chelsea is deemed a friendly and not a competitive fixture, Koscielny is eligible.

It means his suspension runs for the first two Premier League games of the season, meaning he misses the opener against Leicester City, and the away trip to Stoke on August 19th.

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Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa
Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa
2 years ago

Great news, we need him to help welcome Morata to England. Rob Holding and The BFG can play good cop/bad cop, while koscienly can just smash into him!

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down
2 years ago

Bizarre comment. Missing a league game is far worse than missing this non entity of a game.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler
2 years ago

Clearly missing a league game is worse, BUT if he has to miss the next 2 games after this one, he might as well play and get some match fitness under the belt and help the team a bit.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down
2 years ago
Reply to  Ausdrexler

But if he wasn’t available Sunday then he wouldn’t be missing two games obviously. People on here just have to argue everything, even if it involves throwing logic completely out the window.

arsenalmanitou
arsenalmanitou
2 years ago

Shit. I was hoping he’d be available for the orcs.

Goonie
Goonie
2 years ago
Reply to  arsenalmanitou

With no arnautovic I think they will be less of a threat on the counter. So BFG or El neny? Should do fine. I was impressed with El nenys passing against Sevilla

Sidkid
Sidkid
2 years ago

Unavailable for first two games .. *shudder*

Dotman
Dotman
2 years ago

Would have preferred him missing the shield and playing stoke to this.

My Wig smells cheesy
My Wig smells cheesy
2 years ago
Reply to  Dotman

It’s fine. We’ve got PER!

dr Strange
dr Strange
2 years ago

Fuck

Gooner McGoonFace
Gooner McGoonFace
2 years ago

Does that mean he can get his usual red card, and not be penalized for it too then?

Hustle6
Hustle6
2 years ago

I bet he gets injured. not pessimism just a feeling

santori
santori
2 years ago

I think the commentators tend to be myopic always. They forget we also have Mustafi shortly to return after community shield. I feel our strongest line up at the back may be Koscielny in the middle, Mutafi right and either of Monreal or Kolasinac left side. If you need a bit more aerial security against certain teams, Per is an option too. Chambers put in a very good performance against Benfica ( I thought better than Holding) I’m not sure why some assume he is on his way out. If anything it is an option maybe for Wenger to hold… Read more »

A different George
A different George
2 years ago
Reply to  santori

I thought your first couple of points–about our depth in central defense–were both germane and interesting. Could you not have stopped there?

Kingsley
Kingsley
2 years ago

He is auditioning for his own blog

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage
2 years ago

So the Charity Shield (or whatever its called now) is officially not a competitive game and therefore not major trophy? Has someone told Jose and those Utd fans in Kent this yet?

A different George
A different George
2 years ago

I think, sir, you mean the English Supercup.

Terry Henry
Terry Henry
2 years ago

WE’VE GOT A BIG FUCKIN GERMAN

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky
2 years ago

Fuck. Was really hoping he’d miss the community shield game.

Danaery\'s pet dragon
Danaery\'s pet dragon
2 years ago

I think that we should play our intended back 3 for the Leicester game on Sunday. Give them a competitive match to gel together before the real action starts. Sorry Laurent , but you should not be on the bench for Sunday even if you are available

Original Paul
Original Paul
2 years ago

I wonder if we even play the Boss in this game? Better to let his niggling injuries have a further rest from match action imo.

Original Paul
Original Paul
2 years ago
Reply to  Original Paul

…and whoever takes his place for the first two games needs the minutes.

hahahaha
2 years ago
Reply to  Original Paul

Well put

An Ox-sized Coq
An Ox-sized Coq
2 years ago

While I rather lose Koscielny for Community Shield and a PL match than for two PL games…him playing against Chelsea gives Mustafi, Holding, and Chambers an extra week for fitness before the PL begins.

I assume our back three versus Chelsea will be Nacho+Per+Koscielny.

Goontang
Goontang
2 years ago

How is the community shield not an official game?!! Utter crap

A different George
A different George
2 years ago
Reply to  Goontang

How many subs are allowed? That’s a tell.

Podgygooner
Podgygooner
2 years ago

And we wondered why he has been playing Elneny back there recently.

Frans Helamb
Frans Helamb
2 years ago

Where have you found the information that the Community Shield is deemed as a friendly? Link please please!