New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has called for more patience with club skipper Laurent Koscielny as he recovers from a long-term injury.
The Spanish tactician spoke about his captain with the club’s official website as he pointed out that the recently retired France international defender needs time to recover from the most difficult spell of his football career.
Koscielny, 33, has returned to light training with the Gunners after his Achilles problem but still a long way from featuring for the first team according to the former Sevilla and Valencia boss.
He suffered the injury in the last campaign during the second leg of the Gunners’ Europa League semifinal clash with Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal lost the game 1-0 courtesy a Diego Costa strike and were eliminated 2-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Atletico who defeated French outfit Olympique Marseille in the final to win the competition.
The injury forced Koscielny to miss the French title triumph at this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia and that prompted him to controversially announce his retirement from international football earlier this week.
According to him, he was disappointed with the way he was treated by the French national team manager Didier Deschamps while he was recovering from the Achilles injury.
Laurent Koscielny scored once in 51 appearances for the world champions.