Arsenal fans have had our fair share of injury problems to worry about over the years. In fact we have had our own share plus that of about 10 more clubs besides. So it was with great relief and delight that we greeted the much more positive injury news coming out of the club over the last six months or so.
The Gunners started the season with very little to worry about on the injury front, supposedly, but things have recently begun to remind us of the bad old days. Jack Wilshere picked up yet another injury in training before the season even began and then both Rosicky and Welbeck had their return dates put back and back and then both have had to have surgery.
So the last thing we needed from this international break was any more players picking up knocks, making today´s Daily Mail report about Laurent Koscielny and his back problem a bit of a panic starter for Arsenal fans. But it should not be.
The France international defender missed out on their friendly against Serbia last night and the paper claims that he is also a real doubt for our game against Stoke on Saturday. But Koscielny himself insisted there was nothing to worry about and Deschamps would not have put him on the bench if he was that bad. It seems to me that resting him was merely a precaution and France do need to give their squad players as much game time as possible.
And even if Arsenal feel the need to do the same this weekend, we still have either Gabriel or Chambers to partner the well rested Mertesacker at the back. So Gooners, do not let this scare mongering report worry you too much.