Koscielny fit for Arsenal while Vermaelen nears return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a boost by the news that defender Laurent Koscielny has been passed fit to play in Tuesday’s game against Fenerbahce, while captain Thomas Vermaelen’s condition is improving, reports the Daily Mail.

The Turkish side visit the Emirates Stadium in the second-leg of their Champions League qualifier. During Arsenal’s 3-0 first-leg success on Wednesday, Koscielny sustained a cut to his face following a high challenge.

His quick recovery comes as a relief to Wenger, who has reportedly considered bringing in a new defender this summer, to counter the injury problems, with Johan Djourou and Ignasi Miquel both out on loan. During Saturday’s victory at Fulham, Wenger was forced to play right-back Bacary Sagna in central defence.

Vermaelen has been injured for over a month with a back injury, and while the Belgian is able to run again, it will be some weeks before he returns to first-team training. Vermalen lost his place in the first-team towards the end of last season, as Wenger preferred Koscielny to play alongside Per Mertesacker.

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