Laurent Koscielny is believed to be ‘ok’ after another back problem forced him off during France’s friendly against Italy.
Although it’s reassuring that he is expected to play, perhaps even start, their World Cup qualifier against Belarus, the injury appearing at all sends a warning signal that Arsenal will be hyper-alert to.
Speaking after the game against Leicester, Arsene Wenger confirmed that he had taken a risk with Kos because of what we can assume was the same back injury, and it is a problem that has been an issue for him in the past, although not as troublesome as his Achilles.
Hopefully, if there is any doubt, Didier Deschamps won’t take any chances with him which could lead to Shkodran Mustafi getting his Arsenal debut at the weekend alongside Rob Holding. While both very talented in their own rights, it’s hardly a pairing loaded with either Arsenal or Premier League experience with just 270 minutes between them, all of which (obviously) belong to the 20-year-old.