Press conference

‘We need to be patient with Koscielny’

There was an encouraging sight on Thursday as Laurent Koscielny stepped out on to the training pitches with his Arsenal team-mates.

Our captain is not expected back in training until November, and Unai Emery stressed the need to be “patient” with the centre back.

This is what our head coach told the media:

on if Koscielny is ahead of schedule…
He’s working very hard. First he was in France. He came back to us last Sunday. We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury. It’s clear that it’s very important to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us.

on when he could play…
It’s difficult to know. You look at this morning, he’s running, he’s working on the pitch. The progress is very good progress.