Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed another injury worry for his side after the victory over Blackpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The new Arsenal manager is enduring a rollercoaster first season at the club so far as he looks to guide the team towards a return to the Champions League by next season.
Injuries to key players have remained a major issue at the Emirates stadium, even after the departure of Arsene Wenger, who was allowed to leave in May last year following two decades in London.
Arsenal went into the clash with Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday with several players sidelined by injuries.
After the game, the Arsenal boss revealed that Laurent Koscielny, who only recently returned to action, also has a fitness concern ahead of next weekend’s fixture in the Premier League.
“Yes [it’s a back problem]. I hope it’s not bad. He has one week to rest and to work, thinking about the next match against West Ham.” the Gunners boss said in his post-match interview on Saturday evening
“I hope he’s going to be OK for the next matches but before the match, he felt some pain in his back.
“We decided it was better for him to not play. At the moment, with our problems at centre back, it meant we were able to look at different players in different positions.”
With Rob Holding injured, the Gunners cannot afford to have any more centre-backs sidelined at the moment.