May 24, 2018

Arsenal defender Koscielny out for six months with ruptured Achilles

09 May 2018, 07:49 | Kenneth Drake

GETTYArsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

"Koscielny is devastated. He has had surgery and is out for six months".

"The latest conversation I had with Jack, it looks positive for the club", Wenger told a news conference on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old was injured during Arsenal's Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano last week.

The Germany global missed the 5-0 demolition of Burnley last weekend after complaining of a back injury.

Wenger however says that he does not see himself taking charge of another English club while thanking former Arsenal Vice Chairman David Dein for giving him the chance to manage in the Premier League. "It was always my wish and I think it will happen".

The likes of Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac, Luis Enrique, Joachim Low, Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta, Thierry Henry, Leonardo Jardim and Julian Nagelsmann have emerged as candidates to succeed the three-time Premier League victor.

Ahead of the week's games, outgoing manager, Arsene Wenger announced that he may have to leave "one or two" players out due to persistent injuries.

"But for sure I will be active".

"I would like to finish by one simple word: I will miss you". My brain demands work and is active.

"I am convinced like always that his future is here". And I have a huge experience in management and the subtlety of people management. Overall, I will work. You know I didn't miss a training session in 22 years, i never stayed in my office. "Not only did he buy into the values, he increased them every day".

He believes the current squad have enough talent and will just need a few quality additions in the summer to turn them into major contenders for the Premier League next season.

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