Unai Emery Provides Arsenal Injury Update Ahead Of Derby Against Tottenham

Arsenal Injury Update

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been handed a huge boost ahead of the crunch derby clash against Tottenham, with the news that captain Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training.

The centre-back put in a goalscoring performance on Wednesday evening as Arsenal thumped Bournemouth to a 5-1 win.

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The French defender was left limping away from the Emirates Stadium after hurting himself in a challenge with Cherries forward Josh King, raising fears he could miss the Spurs clash.

In an interview after the Bournemouth game, the Gunners’ boss insisted there was no major problem, and he had hopes that his skipper would be OK for the trip to Wembley on Saturday.

Arsenal's medical team confirmed on Friday that Koscielny has been in full training despite the knock to his right knee.

In Emery's Arsenal Injury Update, Stephan Lichtsteiner is also available after a minor back concern but Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain long-term absentees.

Midfielders Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan marked their sparkling return to form as the Gunners eased past Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium this week.

The win, coupled with Tottenham's loss at Chelsea, means fourth-placed Arsenal head to Wembley this weekend four points adrift of their local rivals.

“It is a big motivation,” Emery told reporters.

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“They are still ahead of us in the table, and it's difficult to win there, but it's a good test.”

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