By Chris Harris
Laurent Koscielny will be fit to face Partizan Belgrade.
The French defender was stretchered off in the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Fulham after a nasty collision with Sebastien Squillaci during the build-up to the visitors’ equaliser.
But Koscielny has been cleared to make an immediate return in the Champions League and looks set to start with Johan Djourou absent, nursing a minor thigh injury.
“Koscielny has been declared fit to play and will play tomorrow,” announced Arsène Wenger at his pre-match press conference.
“We lose Djourou, because we are a bit cautious with him. He could have played with a risk, but we did not want to take a risk.
“Emmanuel Eboue comes back into the squad, the rest will be the same against Fulham.”
‘The rest’ includes Robin van Persie, who came off the bench to set up the winning goal for Samir Nasri at the weekend. Wenger is pondering whether to play the Dutch striker from the start.
“He is getting better and better and ready to start,” said the manager. “He was ready to start two weeks ago if you ask him.
“He is a player who has been out for a long time and wants games. I haven’t decided the starting line-up but it is a possibility [that Van Persie will be in it].”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Dec 2010