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How will Emery ease Koscielny back into action?

After six months on the sidelines, Laurent Koscielny is nearing his return to the Arsenal team - but how will he be reintegrated into the side?

Unai Emery says our captain, who picked up a serious Achilles injury back in May, will be eased back into action over the coming weeks.

“He started to train with us, every day, one month ago,” our head coach said. “The process with him in this international break is to finish training with us every day to start playing, little by little.

“First, our idea is to start with the under-23s, but also, these two weeks training with us, I am looking at him. He is well, with good performances, good feeling and I think he, today, is close to also playing with us. 

“But the first idea is, and maybe on Monday, he can play with the under-23s. We are going to decide tomorrow the plan with him, but we are thinking for him to start to take minutes.”

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