Arsene Wenger handed selection boost ahead of Paris Saint-Germain clash

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  • Laurent Koscielny was a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League match
  • The 31-year-old sustained an eye injury during the win over Southampton
  • However, the France international trained as normal on Monday afternoon
  • Arsenal face PSG in their opening Group A match at the Parc des Princes 

Rory O’callaghan For Mailonline

Laurent Koscielny has handed Arsene Wenger a major boost after recovering from an eye injury on the eve of Arsenal’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain.

Koscielny was a major doubt for Tuesday’s match at the Parc des Princes after being kicked in the face during the final stages of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Southampton at the Emirates.

However, the France international defender appeared to have fully recovered from that knock on Monday, and trained as normal with the rest of Wenger’s squad ahead of the trip to Paris.

Arsene Wenger held a training session with Arsenal's senior squad on Monday afternoon

Arsene Wenger held a training session with Arsenal’s senior squad on Monday afternoon

Laurent Koscielny trained as normal despite suffering an eye injury against Southampton

Theo Walcott trained alongside his team-mates ahead of Tuesday's match against PSG

Theo Walcott trained alongside his team-mates ahead of Tuesday’s match against PSG

ARSENAL’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES 

September 13 – PSG (A)

September 28 – Basel (H)

October 19 – Ludogorets (H)

November 1 – Ludogorets (A)

November 23 – PSG (H)

December 9 – Basel (A)

Koscielny’s return averts a major selection headache for the Gunners, who are already without injured centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.

And the 31-year-old, who scored an acrobatic overhead kick against the Saints, was all smiles as he trained alongside new defensive partner Shkodran Mustafi.

Wenger also appeared in high spirits ahead of what will be his 17th consecutive season in European football’s top competition.

The France international appeared in high spirits after scoring against the Saints on Saturday

The France international appeared in high spirits after scoring against the Saints on Saturday

Granit Xhaka stretches during the training session at Arsenal's London Colney base

Granit Xhaka stretches during the training session at Arsenal’s London Colney base

Wenger ponders his options ahead of Arsenal's opening Champions League fixture in midweek

Wenger ponders his options ahead of Arsenal’s opening Champions League fixture in midweek

Arsenal have taken seven points from their opening four Premier League fixtures this season

Arsenal have taken seven points from their opening four Premier League fixtures this season

Aaron Ramsey trained away from the squad as he continues his recovery from injury 

Arsenal’s midweek opponents, Paris Saint-Germain, are aiming to end a poor run of form which has seen them slip to seventh in the Ligue 1 table at the start of the new season.

The Parisians, who have dominated the French league for the past four years, have not won either of their last two matches – including a 1-1 home draw with Saint-Etienne on Friday.

Unai Emery is already facing pressure in France and Wenger will hoping to secure a positive result in what looks to be the hardest fixture of Group A, which also includes Basel and Ludogorets.

The Wales international midfielder picked up the injury against Liverpool on the opening day

The Wales international midfielder picked up the injury against Liverpool on the opening day

Alexis Sanchez will be hoping to find the net at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening

Alexis Sanchez will be hoping to find the net at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening


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