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Koscielny Returns vs. Hull City
Saturday, Feb. 20
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named the French defender in his starting lineup for Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Hull City.
Koscielny Withdrawn from Foxes Clash
Sunday, Feb. 14
News of Koscielny's injury was revealed by the club, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard. The Frenchman was replaced by Calum Chambers.
Wenger Reliant on Koscielny
As one of the most complete central defenders in European football, Koscielny's absence is always a huge loss for the Gunners.
His partnership with Per Mertesacker gives this team a solid foundation, but it's the rounded abilities of Koscielny that enable it to flourish as his dynamism, reading of the game and aerial strength so often bail the Gunners out of trouble at the back. He's also capable of chipping in with a few goals.
For Wenger, Koscielny is one of few players in his team who is almost irreplaceable. Gabriel Paulista has impressed in bursts, but he is still a little rough around the edges. Meanwhile, Chambers has yet to completely convince during his time as an Arsenal player to this point.
The north London side have endured a plethora of injuries to key men this season. As they gear up for a vital run of fixtures, few would be missed quite as much as Koscielny. His return can only be seen as a huge boost for the club.
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