Arsenal have suffered a major setback as defender Laurent Koscielny is struggling with knee injury and could not be fit in time for their crucial game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The 31-year old remains a major doubt for the North London derby and was seen limping on the pitch before receiving treatment. He was able to continue till the end of the match as Arsene Wenger had already used all of his substitutes by the time, the Frenchman suffered his knee problem.

“Koscielny has a knee problem but I don’t know how long he’ll be out for. I have to check because I don’t know yet,” Wenger revealed after their 1-0 win against Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

If the Frenchman is not fit by weekend, it would be a massive blow for Wenger who had started to play with three man back line over the past couple of weeks and the Gunners have enjoyed considerable success with the new formation.

Without Koscielny it would be tough to play 3-4-3 formation with the current squad as they do not have a world class central defender except the 31-year old. Meanwhile, Spurs are on a roll and are currently 14 points ahead of their city rivals going into the derby.

They are most in form team in England at the moment despite their 4-2 loss to Chelsea in FA Cup semifinal. Tottenham would be pushing for a win against Arsenal in the weekend as they could put more pressure on Chelsea who are only four points ahead of Spurs at this juncture.

Despite the injury problem to Koscielny, Wenger looked very happy after their 1-0 win against Leicester as he said:  “We took the initiative, we lacked a little bit of change of pace and penetration – you could see we had a few heavy legs. But you could see we were serious and didn’t give chances away.

“Maybe we lacked a little bit of speed in our game to get them out of position – but they defend well and are very difficult to get out of position. In the end, I think the win rewards the team who took the initiative in the game. Overall, we are very happy with that because we knew the three points would be very difficult tonight.

“Let’s not forget as well that we played on Sunday afternoon and Leicester did not play at all at the weekend. They had good preparation for the game and we knew we had a little handicap on that front.”


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