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Arsene Wenger hopes Laurent Koscielny will be available for Arsenal's second-leg clash with Fenerbahce next week.

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Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal hopeful his absence won't be a long one

Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal hopeful his absence won't be a long one

Koscielny had to come off early in the 3-0 Champions League play-off win in Turkey after taking a nasty kick to the head, giving Wenger another potential absentee he could have done without.

Bacary Sagna moved into the middle of the Gunners' defence and will most likely be there again on Saturday when they travel to Fulham because Koscielny is banned for his red card against Aston Villa.

There were fears he might have fractured his skull, but Wenger hopes the Frenchman will not be out for very long as he said: "He's like a boxer who had a hard fight the night before; lots of blood around his eye and a deep cut.

"He is suspended for Saturday anyway but let's hope he recovers for next Tuesday [against Fenerbahce]. It will be short because the cut is very deep. Hopefully it will be alright."

Wenger also had positive updates on a couple of other players and hopes his outfield options will soon be boosted, outside of any additions he can make before the transfer window closes on September 2.

"The news is quite positive at the moment," he added.

"Of course we have some players who I will need to consider because of the accumulation of the international game and then the Premier League and Champions League matches. I will have to make a deeper analysis tomorrow and on Saturday morning.

"(Ryo Miyaichi) is back in full training now. He will be involved this season in the first-team squad. Hopefully very soon because he's now getting fit.

"(Thomas Vermaelen) is out running. He's on the pitches again. But there's still a good few weeks to go for him to get his fitness. We have Nacho back and Thomas soon back so that's all good news for us."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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