The Gunners boss revealed that star defender Laurent Koscielny is set to miss the remainder of the season as well as the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Could it get any worse for Arsenal? I guess not. To start things off, legendary manager Arsene Wenger is set to leave the club after a 22-year spell at the North London side. Arsenal also suffered humiliation in the final of the League Cup at the hands of Premier League champions Manchester City and were also recently knocked out of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, but to make matters even sour they lost defender Laurent Koscielny while doing so.
Koscielny was involved in an off the ball incident when he seemed to have lost his footing while moving toward Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa just 12 minutes into the game. The 32-year-old looked to be in serious pain and agony as he was stretchered off the pitch and was then replaced by Callum Chambers. However, reports after a scan on Koscielny’s injury proved to be a massive blow for his club and country.
Wenger Confirms Koscielny Will Miss The World Cup-
When asked by Sky Sports journalist about the seriousness regarding Koscielny’s injury, Wenger admitted that it’s not too great, “It doesn’t look very good. You can always hope that the scan will say something different but the first signs aren’t very good. “
Wenger was then asked if Koscielny would be able to feature for France in the World Cup and the 68-year-old stated glum, “That depends on the scan. If he has ruptured it, the chances are non-existent.”
However, reports later emerged that the Frenchman has torn his Achilles and will not be able to take part for his national side in the FIFA World Cup this summer. France’s first game of the World Cup is on June 16th and Les Blues will have to face Australia without centre-back Koscielny, who will be out of action for at least six months.
Koscielny’s injury is a big blow for France as well as Arsenal because he will not only miss the biggest tournament in the world but will also be unable to feature for Arsenal at the start of next campaign. Considering the fact that he is already 32, this injury could probably have ended his career.