Laurent Koscielny is a surprise omission from the Arsenal squad for their game against Swansea, after picking up what is described as a ‘slight calf problem’.

Per Mertesacker comes back into the squad and will play alongside Gabriel who keeps his place. There’s panic everywhere in Goonerland at this, but if you stop and think about it, Per and Gab are actually a better pairing that Kos and Gab.


While it’s good that Kos’s injury is described as ‘slight’ you can’t help but worry it is a recurrence of the long-standing issue he has had.