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Koscielny in Arsenal line up

Koscielny set for first Arsenal start since May
Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will make his first appearance since may once the injury-plagued French international starts Thursday's Europa League tie against Qarabag.

Koscielny busted his achilles in Arsenal's Europa League defeat against Atletico Madrid last season.

The 33-year-old missed France's World Cup-winning campaign because of the injury.

He finally came back for Arsenal's reserves in a Checkatrade Trophy clash with Portsmouth last week and emery confirmed on Wednesday that Koscielny will begin against Qarabag.

The Gunners have a defensive crisis ahead of Sunday's trip to Southampton with Rob Holding injured, Shkodran Mustafi battling a hamstring problem and Sokratis Papastathopoulos suspended.

That could mean Koscielny will be asked to play twice in four days if he proves his fitness.

 Because we are going to play lots of matches, in the next ten days we play four matches - each of them vital...it is in our about to begin with Laurent Koscielny," emery told reporters.

 We are going to decide after tomorrow's match, as it is the 1st match with us that Laurent Koscielny can play. we are going to look also if he will play ninety minutes or less minutes during this game.

 We are going to decide however the first is to think about the match tomorrow because we'd like to receive information on how he can feel."

Mesut Ozil may also feature against Qarabag having lost his place in Emery's Premier League facet.

Germany midfielder Ozil has missed the last 5 games in all competitions with a combination of a back injury and emery preferring other choices in his starting line-up.

Emery was forced to deny reports of a training ground row with Ozil earlier this season after claims he had told the previous Real Madrid star to figure more durable.

 Tomorrow he's in the group, there are eighteen players in the squad for this match and i am going to decide if he plays tomorrow from the start or during the match in the ninety minutes," emery said of Ozil.


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