Unai Emery has delivered a triple injury boost with the Arsenal boss hoping Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka will all be available to face Tottenham on Saturday.
Kolasinac continued his recent fine form with another positive outing on Wednesday night as he set-up Mesut Ozil for our opening goal en route to a resounding 5-1 victory over Bournemouth.
The Bosnian international was replaced in the second half sparking fears he’d picked up a knock which would have been a big blow ahead of the North London Derby.
However, Emery has said Kolasinac’s withdrawal was just as a precaution as he was feeling muscle pain and the Gunners coach is confident the left-back will be available to face Spurs this weekend.
Koscielny scored an important goal to make it 3-1 shortly after the break against Bournemouth but the centre-back went down in severe pain during the closing stages of the match after taking a kick to his ankle.
The Frenchman had to limp through the final minutes as we’d already used all three of our substitutions and Arsenal fans were worried Koscielny would be ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Tottenham. However, Emery says it was a just a kick and he hopes the defender will be okay.
Xhaka was surprisingly left out of the entire squad last night prompting fears he may have suffered an injury in training, however, Emery has confirmed the midfielder was just rested so will return for the Spurs game this weekend.
Emery told Arsenal.com:
I hope all it is, is one kick. We have three days between today and Saturday and I hope he can be okay.
on Xhaka and Kolasinac…
Yes he is [Xhaka] okay, he was rested. Kolasinac has been having a problem in his muscle and sometimes he is telling us to rest some matches and some minutes. The first half he finished it well, but in the dressing room he was saying he can continue, but he was feeling some pain. He could continue but I preferred to change him for a rest and also he played on Sunday with a big intensity, and today I think we could do this change and carry on with another player in this match.