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.
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.