Koscielny limped off today in France’s game against Germany, he was replaced at half time by Rami and has left Wenger worried due to a lack of options at the back. France were leading 1-0 at the time but went on to lose 2-1 against Germany, the game saw fellow Gunners Sagna, Mertesacker and Podolski all start and no injury reports for those 3 thankfully.
With Koscielny injured Arsenal are left with Mertesacker and Vermaelen as the only two fit first team centre-backs with next in line being reserve team player Sebestian Squillaci and younster Ignasi Miquel. Koscielny’s injury leads the decision to let Djourou go out on loan without bringing in a replacement look all the more questionable. Djourou may not have recovered his form of the 2010/11 season but is surely a better option then Squillaci, who played 9 minutes in the Premier League last season and Miquel who has not played in the Premier League since early last season and is still relatively untested at this point.
If Koscielny is out for the full 3 weeks it also raises the issue of who will play LB against Bayern Munich with many suggesting Vermaelen would be shifted out wide as Monreal is cup-tied, Gibbs injured and Santos a weak link. It leaves Arsenal with only 6 fully fit defenders in Monreal, Santos, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna and Jenkinson and questions over whether Arsenal should have brought more defenders in the January transfer window.
Hopefully the injury will not be as bad as first suspected otherwise Arsenal will be very thin at the back in the up and coming weeks..
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