Koscielny back for City clash + Bellerin update

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Arsenal have confirmed that Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training following the facial injury sustained in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.

The Frenchman revealed earlier this week that he underwent a minor surgical procedure to remove blood clots from his jaw after hefty contact from Romelu Lukaku’s foot.

Thankfully, nothing was broken and the swelling he sustained has gone down significantly. Our captain’s return – he missed Tuesday’s win over Cardiff – is particularly welcome given we face Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.

There’s an outside chance that Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could also be fit. The former took a bang to his right knee in training on Monday, while the latter broke a metatarsal against Sp*rs in December. Both are on the mend.

Elsewhere, the medical team have confirmed that Hector Bellerin’s trip to 1982 for surgery has been successful.

The Spaniard went under the knife to repair the ruptured ACL suffered a couple of weeks ago. He now faces six to nine months of rehab meaning he’ll be back for the tail end of Terry Neil’s time in charge of the club.

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Sean
Sean

If I was going to War, I’d want Kos beside me

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

Or in front. I’d run behind him… for leadership and cover…

arseblog
Admin

He’s the one who always gets hit!

Sean Twomey
Sean Twomey

Seems Guendouzi has been deputising for Kos’s hits in his recent absence

arseblog
Admin

Operation Get Behind The Frenchies

Dave M
Dave M

That will explicitly no longer be allowed under the backstop brexit clause

wash_dc_gunner
wash_dc_gunner

Have you ever heard of the Emancipation Proclamation?

TheRockyRocastleWonderShow
TheRockyRocastleWonderShow

I don’t listen to hip hop!

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Even on the nuts against Chelsea.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Hear hear!

Reality check
Reality check

Diego Costa might disagree

Mizog
Mizog

I’d take Adams bould then keown just behind that I’d have Campbell then toure and then probably kos

Bring back David Hillier

Love the bellerin back to 1982 quip, very good.

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

Looks like a German porn star from 1976

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Ron Jeremyesque tache as well. Lovely.

berlingoon
berlingoon

It’s not only him – although this jacket is a classic ‘Ector – the room and the equipment that you can see also looks like the eighties.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I’d like to say he seems to be in good hands, but those guys look like car mechanics, and the one on the right looks like his giving that knee an oil change.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Hahahaha

sp0re
sp0re

I’m glad I wasn’t the only person that thought that haha

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Love the line about Hector’s surgery. It looks like something that could’ve been in my mum and dad’s photo albums from the 70’s/80’s.

Jarghs
Jarghs

Your parents took some peculiar photos

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You should see some of my dad’s outfits from the ’70s if you think Hector’s clobber is bad.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

In the early seventies I had some lovely flowery shirts and ties, and 3 inch platform football boots for games in the playground.

Man Manny
Man Manny

Arsenal to pile more misery on Guardiola on Sunday; I believe.

Cacho
Cacho

As stupid as the saying is, I think it really is the “best time to play them”
COYG, time to expose that bald fraud!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

…but those other teams did some defending too!!!!!

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

I believe, too.

Santori
Santori

Worrying that AMN is banged up and only has an “outside” chance for the City game.

If he isn’t fit, the choices are poor between the over the hill band aid Lichsteiner and one dimensional Jenkinson.

Of the two, I’m leaning toward Jenkinson for fitness. At very least he can stick to a game plan and be less adventurous, watch the defensive end.

BUT going forward, our lack of any right sided threat will also be an issue.

martin
martin

I know Jenkinson is not great but certainly not one dimensional. He’s good going forward and is provably our best crosser.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

…and he has a perfect record as a goalkeeper.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Watch the defensive end? Is he going to be lining up as quarterback on Sunday?

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

How many months to fix the hair?

Santori
Santori

Not sure if 3 at the back for security or a flat four with midfield diamond (like we did against Chelski) would be best.

Perhaps it may be a combination depending on phase of the match and other issues (injury, tactical or opportunity wise)

If 3 at the back it should be Monreal-Koscielny-Mustafi

Like to see Torreira and Granit hold together. Granit in particular is key bc he spots and switches focus of our attack very well. Torreira has to pick his moments going forward very carefully.

Out wide, would think Iwobi and Kolasinac on left will be very critical. All our good work at the moment coming from that flank for a reason.

But the right side is bereft of any options and Dennis may be a touch to early to employ.

Also if we don’t have AMN, we will be handicapped by two poor choices in Lichsteiner or Jenkinson.

Up top, likely Unai may go for the two strikers. It has been effective against more open teams that come at us and we can force errors on them if we press high and fast.

Who plays on the right side between strikers and mid will then be key. My guess is unless he is gone by end of window, prob Ramsey for work rate.

If we go diamond then Koscielny and Mustafi at Cback.

Midfield may prob be Guendouzi-Granit-Torreira with Ramsey (if still available) on apex behind strikers. Ozil was I thought better than many would prefer to imagine against Cardiff so also a possibility but he will need to be positive and work his socks of defensively (which he can). Critical for him is his tackling. He needs to show more belief and strength when executing tackles. It will improve him immeasurably.

Only issue with this of course is we then do not have Iwobi and Kolasinac who have been outstanding thus far on the left.

But there is no reason to suggest we cannot switch between both tactical set ups. There are no absolutes.

Which is what has been great about Unai.

Runzac
Runzac

Once again tl;dr You might consider open your own blogspot. WordPress.com maybe?

Huss
Huss

Dude, you REALLY need to stop using arseblog comments sections as your personal blog. It’s very weird.

David's Seaman
David's Seaman

This looks like one of my sister’s FB posts….Your not my sister are you????

PodB
PodB

Mate, have you ever thought of getting a girlfriend? If so, pound her like you pound your keyboard and she’ll be happy for life.

Martin
Martin

What about Suarez?

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

There was so much to read I thought you were Rambling Pete.

Disappointed 🙁

Geefive
Geefive

Knee is healing ok. Unfortunately, these doctors knocked him out and stole a kidney….

Santori
Santori

So long as they don’t steal is fashion sense.

Savage
Savage

You almost took Bellerin back to the art-deco movement… or maybe he was there already?

Mpls
Mpls

Ha, same era, but I was thinking surrealist myself. There’s a bit of a Dali-esque Cheshire quality to him there.

Bendtner’s Ego
Bendtner’s Ego

Could have done without the pic of Bellerin in his underwear, with a smug look on his face.

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

Any chance of sending Kane and Ali to a surgeon from 1746?

TeeCee
TeeCee

If you’re thinking bloodsucking leeches, we could lend them Stan.

Mpls
Mpls

Or maybe a Barber from around that time?

PGunner
PGunner

“Elsewhere, the medical team have confirmed that Hector Bellerin’s trip to 1982 for surgery has been successful.” Hahaha

Shane
Shane

Took a trip to 1982?? Should of stopped off at 2004 and seen what a real arsenal team is ha ha ha ha ha ha

Shane
Shane

No sence of humor some people,, like the -6 thumbs down people

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

“He now faces six to nine months of rehab meaning he’ll be back for the tail end of Terry Neil’s time in charge of the club……”
Where he can’t wait to link up with John Hawley and Lee Chapman in our next title push…..

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Shame, get well soon bro