Laurent Koscielny keen to start afresh after returning from 7-month injury

Laurent Koscielny keen to start afresh after returning from 7-month injury

- Laurent Koscielny is excited to stage a successful comeback from a long layoff in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Qarabag

- The Frenchman last played for the Gunners in May after rupturing his Achilles

- Arsenal boss Unai Emery is happy to have Koscielny back and may consider him for Sunday's game at Southampton

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny says it feels good returning to action from a seven-month injury in Thursday’s Europa League win over Qarabag.

According to The Mirror, the Frenchman has been sidelined with an Achilles injury since May, but started in the heart of Arsenal defence in the 1-0 win against Azerbaijan's champions Qarabag.

It was very important for me. Now I start a new chapter in my career and I think I'm better in my head and physically.

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"It was important just to enjoy, not the result. I'm very happy.

“You have some difficult moments. It was my first big injury but you learn a lot about yourself and people around you.

"You are more stronger. With a smile and just to enjoy with my club I restart the story now,” he said.

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Arsenal fans were not interested in the game as the Emirates was only half full during the final Group E game.

But Gunners boss Unai Emery was excited seeing Koscielny survive 72 minutes of action after the long layoff.

“We are doing with him this process after the big injury starting training with us playing with the under 23s and today is another step for him, for us and we need to know on Friday and Saturday how he is going to feel after this match to know if Sunday we can use him to help us on the pitch.

“Every Arsenal supporter they are happy and also the player and then with this process he can take confidence again,” he added.

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Interestingly, Arsenal struggling for centre-backs, with the pair of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi banned while Rob Holding is out injured, Koscielny could likely play a part in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Alexandre Lacazette's first-half goal handed Arsenal a 1-0 win over FK Qarabag in Europa League Group E action on Thursday, December 13, to further extend their unbeaten run to 22 games.

The Group E encounter saw about 21,000 fans turned up to watch an Arsenal side not at their best as Alexandre Lacazette’s 16th minute strike was one of the only goal chances all through the game.

Arsenal came into the contest with a place in the last 32 already guaranteed ahead of kick-off as Unai Emery fielded an experimental Arsenal team that struggled against the Azerbaijani champions all though the evening.

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