After the news that Thursday evening’s Europa League with FC Vorskla was to move from Poltava to Kiev, it looks as if Arsenal are considering including Laurent Koscielny in the squad after he came through a run-out for the U23s earlier in the week.
With two massive games coming up against Sp*rs and then Man Utd, Unai Emery will be keen to keep as many of his first team players as fresh as possible, and if the captain is fit enough he give the head coach a bit more depth in an area which really lacks it.
We played all three available central defenders against Bournemouth last Sunday, and if Emery is thinking of using the same formation in the derby and for the trip to Old Trafford then it would be a risk to use Rob Holding, Sokratis or Mustafi in the Ukraine tomorrow night.
In an update on the official website, the medical staff say Koscielny is being assessed ahead of the Gunners departure later this afternoon following a session at London Colney.
There’s also good news in that Stephan Lichtsteiner is back in full training, meaning he could come into the team at right-back while Carl Jenkinson at left-back means Sead Kolasinac won’t be risked with the continued absence of Nacho Monreal still a worry.
We should be able to discern the majority of the travelling squad from photos and social media later on, and we’ll bring you that news as soon as we have it.