Arsenal boss Unai Emery has comfirmed that he is set to welcome one of his key defenders back into the squad as the team prepares for the second weekend of the new season.

The Gunners boss witnessed his side defeat Newcastle in the opening weekend of the new campaign last Sunday as a goal from Aubameyang in the second half of the game saw them win 1-0.

Missing on the day was Sead Kolasinac, who was pulled out of the Arsenal squad for the game due to recent security concerns.

A few weeks ago, the 26-year-old was forced to fight away an attack on the street from criminals in a worrying incident which involved teammate Mesut Ozil.

Kolasinac, who is entering his third season at the club, had not been allowed to take part in normal activities with the squad due to ongoing investigations and the continued threat.

However, ahead of the Gunners’ second league fixture of the season against Burnley this weekend, Emery has confirmed that the defender is set to make a return, along with Ozil.

“It’s good news for us because they can help us in matches,” Emery said, confirming the return of Kolasinac and his colleague, as quoted by BBC

“My focus is to be positive and focus on making sure the players are 100% in their minds here.

“I want to help them to be with us, back to normal training, thinking about football. Above all, I want them to be able to focus on each training session and each match.

“They came back to training with us on Tuesday. I think each session gives us good information and good different options with them also to take the decision if they’re going to be with us on Saturday or be in the first XI. But we are going to wait until tomorrow, our last training session.”

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