Arsenal FC manager concerned about Koscielny after Paris attacks
Arsene Wenger to assess Laurent Koscielny’s state of mind before selecting him against West Brom
November 20th, 2015
Laurent Koscielny was one of several French players who looked out of sorts on Tuesday night, with Les Bleus understandably distracted at Wembley after the atrocious terrorist attacks a few days earlier.
Arsene Wenger was in the crowd for that friendly match and will speak with Koscielny and Olivier Giroud before deciding whether to select the two Frenchmen for Saturday’s clash at The Hawthorns.
Wenger appears particularly concerned about Koscielny who produced a fine performance against Germany on Friday before a sloppy display against England, with the Arsenal manager assessing how grief is affecting his players.
“I will look how deeply they are affected,” said Wenger, wary of how trauma can have delayed impact. “Sometimes it hits you more two or three days later than on the night. On the night you try and protect yourself or not know what’s going on. But slowly you realise the shock is a bit after.”
“He (Koscielny) had a fantastic game against Germany, and you could see that on Tuesday night he was not himself,” said Wenger. “It affected him deeply and I didn’t recognise the player I saw on Friday night on Tuesday night.
“I will talk with him to see if he is completely recovered and focused. It’s a big game for us. You have to trust the player in these kind of situations. Today in the Premier League you don’t get away with it with 80% focus. You have to be completely committed. What I will want from him is that he’s completely committed and feels ready. If not, I will not play him.”