Arsenal should NOT risk Koscielny tonight

Koscielny in the Arsenal Squad for Dortmund, But Should He Start? by AT

Ahead of the impending clash against Borrusia Dortmund in the Champions League, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given a huge injury boost as Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training after spending two months on the sidelines with an achilles injury. The Frenchman confirmed the good news in regards to the return of his compatriot and even added that he will be available for selection against Borrusia Dortmund on Wednesday.

With the Gunners having been extensively hit by injuries so far this season, it has to be said that the long-term injury to Koscielny was the most bitter blow considering that the squad does not have quality cover in that position. The injury to the French international has resulted in Nacho Monreal having to play in central defence, making the Arsenal backline a very prominent weak link in the side.

But now that the Frenchman is available for selection, should he be directly thrust into the starting eleven when the Bundesliga runners-up come visiting?. As a result of Laurent not having played competitive football in two months, he might very will be a bit rusty and Dortmund’s free-flowing, high-intensity football will demand a lot of work rate from him, which may lead to complications as the game goes on. So in my opinion, I really think he should be on the bench rather than start.

While it will surely be a gamble to field Monreal at centre-back once again, I feel that it will be a bigger gamble to introduce Koscielny directly into the starting eleven in such a big game.

With a very busy Christmas period to look forward to where the fixtures come thick and fast, surely Wenger would not want to risk the fitness of his best defender.

Tags Koscielny Monreal


  1. henry12 says:

    I’m not so sure. Epl is out of our hands, FA cup isn’t for a while, UCL is all We got! Might as well try and play him.

    1. muffdiver says:

      epl is out of our hands? 12 games in ? bloody hell- prefer not to get relegated

      if the ucl is all we got we are f*cked. we are not in the top ten teams in europe- what chance do we have-

      glad people now see kos is one of our only vital players- along with alexis

      1. Mesut O-grillz says:

        no, I think we’ve always seen him as one of the reliables. We never talked about him because he was always played consistent and at 100%. We also never showed him that much appreciation because of that.

        Thank god he’s back, but yes this is a risk to play him against crazy Dortmund. But a win will seal a spot in the round of 16. Managerial decision.

  2. Sumo says:

    Just win.

    1. muffdiver says:

      …the lottery

  3. Twig says:

    Podolski WILL start today.

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      That’ll be cool. I just feel like he’s more of a PR for twitter and Insta these days…

    2. red14 says:

      apparently, he’s not. Sanogo is ahead of him. So wenger thinks Sa No Goal is better than Podolski.. lol

  4. CraigZWE says:

    How does Fifa 15 rate Mert 83
    And Kos only 81

    What are they smoking

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      He got an extra 2 for proving he can turn faster than milk.

  5. CraigZWE says:

    Must be what Brenda was smoking when he sold Suarez and bought average players.

  6. CraigZWE says:

    More chance of us winning the treble than Poldolski starting.

    He’ll if Poldolski starts I will go from anti Wenger to pro, just kidding

    1. SaveArsenal says:

      Wenger is spiteful and stubborn, he will never forgive Podolski for speaking out and will probably never play him again.
      Remember Wenger’s ego is way more important than Arsenal to him.

      1. Mesut O-grillz says:

        when did Poldi speak out? When he was complaining about his playing time?

        1. juhislihis says:

          @Mesut O-grillz,

          Less than week ago. Said that ‘he’s not some clown to sit in the stands’ etc.

          1. Mesut O-grillz says:

            oh yeah, that’ll do it.

    2. Twig says:

      Nah, you’re not kidding. We’ll hold you to your word πŸ˜‰

  7. optimisticgooner says:

    Players are never declared fit if dey don’t feel comfortable, and dats y every player remains out for at least a few weeks, to ensure 100%fitness.
    Going by d heading of dis article u wud mean dat every time a player comes bak from injury he shudnt b thrown straight into action bcos of ”fear” of getting injured again. Dats ridiculous.

  8. bashman says:

    im hopping for a win but expecting a loss

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Don’t worry,
      We all know that we are going to get hammered,
      At least by 4 goals lol

      1. muffdiver says:

        1 hot dog for each goal?

        your gonna have a great night πŸ˜‰

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:

          no no I won’t be watching the game muffin,
          I will be far too busy stuffing my big fat saveloy into a place you once came from πŸ˜‰

          1. muffdiver says:

            u mean north london? gd luck with that.
            hows mummy fatboy? still using chip fat for bath foam?

            tell her im sorry about her b’day- they were all out of battered batter.
            still watch her jeremy kyle cameo when i miss her

          2. Fatboy Gooney says:

            Yes, you are part right about north London πŸ˜‰

            And mummy sends her regards,
            You were always a cheap skate πŸ™‚

  9. ruelando says:

    i think he will be playing from the start, it would give the defense more confidence and once the defense is confident the team will be also. We have about 5 weeks leave before the opening of the window and a feel strongly our ridiculous manager will be bringing in 2-3 players, with a strongly feeling two will be on loan.

    I would also use Monreal in a 2 man Dm with Arteta , especially if Podolski gets a start on the left, i expect Sanogo to start even if Welbeck is able to play, Sanchez in the number 10 role and ox out wide, i think we need sanchez to have that freedom. i for one thinks he and welbeck needs at least two weeks off to recharge and get going again

  10. Mesut O-grillz says:

    So then… what’s everyone’s predicted lineup?

    Martinez (ffs)
    Chambo Jr — Merty — Nacho — Gibbs (Aubameyang smiles creepily to himself)
    Arteta ——- Rambo (Arteta to solely protect our kingdom)
    Ox ———- Santi ———– Alexis (the good, the surprisingly bad, and the fatigued)
    #datguywelbz (hopefully dat guy bags them goals)

    Same sh*t different day. but trying to keep some faith. coyg.

  11. Dennis says:

    Must play: Rosicky/Poldi/Campbell and bellerin. I know the kid is undersized and the first order of business would be to put some muscle on him but his speed would be useful

  12. fred cowardly says:

    If Koscielny doesn’t start please don’t put Monreal as CB.


    1. fred cowardly says:

      I would like to see

      Sanchez….Cazorla…Ox or Campbell

      If Welbeck isn’t playing well sub with Podolski
      If Cazorla isn’t playing well sub with Rosicky
      And don’t wait till 78th minute to sub if we are behind.

      1. fred cowardly says:

        If Koscielny plays, Id like to see Chambers on as defensive midfielder like


  13. Truth Hurts says:

    Armenian welbeck is gonna make sure we don’t lose the game

  14. davidnz says:

    Arsenal will win the ECL
    easily this season.
    Mark my words.

    1. muffdiver says:

      i just urinated on your words

      1. davidnz says:

        Thank you Muff.
        Your always my main supporter.
        I am honoured.

        1. muffdiver says:

          lol its your show- im merely a prop

    2. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Nice profile picture πŸ˜‰
      Let’s see if you will jinx them in the same way as you jinx Arsenal πŸ™‚

  15. HA559 says:

    Ramsey will start, and try world class passes from the first minute which aren’t accurate at all.

    Who knows maybe Wenger might even surprise us with the proven talent of Sanogo according to him.

    Guaranteed is Sanchez is going to make atleast one though ball, and one over the top throughball = creating two clear cut chances.

  16. AYZAY says:

    Mancini says he’d love to coach arsenal, yeah i love it………… Aob suckers hope u love it too!!!

    1. AYZAY says:

      Admin please take off that comment its stupid, i got so high so i could bear the tension if………… Where i watch matches is always full of chelsea fans and im the only gooner, i go there cos i can’t afford the satellite tv monthly bills

  17. says:

    The boss has a trademark of starting a player that has not being recond with by the Gooners. Who knows, he might start Sanogo and Welbeck in the firing line while Sanchez start behind the duo. Whoever the boss start with, let them please win the game and go home with all the 3 points. A win for the boss in this game will relieve him by 50% of the fire his been under. I can’t remember when last the boss has been this under-fire in his job that is massively being put on the line by the Gooners. And also openly sort after by a Roberto Mancini. I am eagerly awaiting our starting line-up.

  18. Mesut O-grillz says:

    sigh. what happened to our squad guys, what happened.

    1. muffdiver says:

      its called puberty

      1. Mesut O-grillz says:

        haha i don’t know why you guys thumb down muffdiver, he’s hilarious

  19. ArsenalStar says:

    Our medical team stinks. Anyway, I’m off to the game so ” UP THE ARSE!”

  20. Kay123 says:

    Wengers fault jack is always getting injured,,,,Keeps on playing him in CAM role,,,,,, hes wayyy better as a deep lying playmaker,,as shown in ENgland performances

  21. HA559 says:

    Like I said above in my last comment, Wenger did surprise us with the goal machine that is Sanogo.

  22. HA559 says:

    And for the 4th game running after clearly saying in press conference that our defence is ‘naive’ and ‘not cautious enough’ he starts with the again. At least shuffle it up with Monreal at Rb ( if you don’t like Bellerin) and Chambers in CB.

  23. Kay123 says:

    Sanogo over Campbell??????????? alexis shud have started up front

  24. HA559 says:

    Apparently Sanogo is better than Podolski or Campbell upfront.

    1. luvdaguns says:

      well, he scored in one minute

  25. john0711 says:

    Seen the team sheet
    Thumbs down wenger doesn’t learn

    Thumbs up if you think he has

  26. Cashleycol says:

    I watched Machityyyy being outclassed by 10-men Bayern and honestly I prayed ,, I fMonreal is going to play CB n we meet them in Last 16,,,,, the rest I can’t really say…. Wenger,,, don’t you have eyes??? How do you feel when a great team like Arsenal plays like a mid table team…? I wish your wife could leave you for delaying to buy her a present while penny pinching…. This guy must be stingy in real life….

  27. highbury44 says:

    Another defeat tonight looks on the card.Keep this up Wenger and you be out

  28. luvdaguns says:

    sonogo seems to tower over mert, goal!

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