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Laurent Koscielny passes the ball

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Arsenal new manager Unai Emery have shared an update on Laurent Koscielny who is recovering from a long-term Achilles problem but insists Arsenal must be patient with his recovery.

Koscielny who is the captain of the club missed out in making the French national team after getting injured  last season’s Europa League semi final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

“He is working very hard,” said Unai Emery, the Arsenal head coach. “First he was in France. He came back to us last Sunday. We are happy to have him here, because he is our captain and he is showing us his spirit to stay with us.

“We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury. It is clear that it is very important to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us.”

Asked when the 32-year-old will be available for selection, Emery said: “It is difficult to know. You look at this morning, he is running and he is working on the pitch. The progress is very good.”

The French defender was originally not expected to return to training until December but joined up with his club team-mates last Sunday.

Koscielny on crutches 

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