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Arsenal star set to miss West Brom clash due to Paris attacks

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that star defender Laurent Koscielny could miss their clash with West Bromwich Albion this weekend following last week’s Paris attacks, Express reports.

The 30-year-old was playing for France in their friendly against Germany last Friday when a bomb carried by a suicide bomber exploded just outside the Stade de France.

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And the centre-back has been clearly affected by the situation, with the 30-year-old seen in tears during the national anthem when England played France in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger also revealed during the press conference before this weekend’s West Brom clash that he did not recognize Koscielny as a footballer in Les Bleus 2-0 loss to the Three Lions, and claimed that he may need to rest the player so he can get his focus back to 100%.

“He had a fantastic game against Germany. And you could see that on Tuesday night he was not himself. It affected him deeply and I didn’t recognise the player I saw on Friday night on Tuesday night,” Wenger said.

“I will talk with him. I have not talked to him yet, but I will talk to him to see if he is completely recovered and focused.

“It’s a big game for us. You have to trust the player in these kind of situations. Today in the Premier League you don’t get away with it with 80% focus. You have to be completely committed.

“What I will want from him is that he’s completely committed and feels ready. If not, I will not play him.”

Last season, Koscielny made 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.

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