The France international has been a mainstay in the Gunners’ defence this season, and often seen as one of the few centre-backs Arsene Wenger can truly rely on, but it now seems he’ll be spending most of the rest of 2018 on the treatment table.
A moment of class from Diego Costa, who signals for play to be stopped after seeing Laurent Koscielny collapse in a heap on the floor while Atletico Madrid were on the attack 👏 pic.twitter.com/bFgZmTlh2V
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 3, 2018
There was nobody near the 32-year-old when he collapsed in a heap during last Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, and it seemed pretty clear almost immediately that the problem was serious.
And it seems the initial worries were well founded, with Koscielny forced to undergo surgery earlier today to repair his achilles tendon.
Complete with his crutches in tow, Koscielny sent supporters this update on his well-being – and it might be enough to make some Arsenal fans break down in tears:
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Je tenais à vous remercier pour les nombreux messages reçus depuis ma blessure. L’opération s’est bien passée, c’est une nouvelle étape qui commence pour moi… je suis déterminé à me battre, pas seulement pour moi mais aussi pour ma famille, mes amis et tous les gens qui me soutiennent… À très vite lolo 💪🏼 I would like to thank you for all the messages received further to my injury. The operation went well, it's a new step that begins for me … I'm determined to fight not only for myself but also for my family, my friends and all the people who support me … See you soon lolo 💪🏼
Some onlookers thought that perhaps Kosceilny had played his final match for Arsenal – but do you think we’ll see him in the club’s iconic red shirt again?