Arsenal latest: Koscielny fit and Diaby 'looking good' says Wenger

All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Arsenal have their first game of the season coming up this weekend, as they will take on Crystal Palace on Saturday evening at The Emirates Stadium.

And there has been a definite boost for the club after Arsene Wenger confirmed that French international Laurent Koscielny is available for the game. He suffered an injury to his Achilles and with Per Mertesacker unavailable and Thomas Vermaelen leaving Wenger would have been short of options at central defence.

However he has now confirmed:

"Koscielny had a knock on his Achilles but he should be available for Saturday."

He also gave updates on other, more long term injuries. New goalkeeper signing David Ospina is 'two to three weeks away' after he picked up a thigh strain at the World Cup. Meanwhile Serge Gnabry does not have a timeframe for his return while Ryo Miyaichi and Theo Walcott should get back to full training by the start of next month.

He also stated that Abou Diaby has 'looked good in training' as he continues his rehabilitation from a long-term bout of injuries.

Meanwhile Mathieu Debuchy has been speaking about his new club. The £12 million right-back has spoken glowingly of his new club, and admitted it was an easy decision to make the switch to The Emirates from the North East:

"It was the right time for me to make this big step forward and this big move. When my agents told me Arsenal were interested, I said yes straight away. There was no question, no debate, no doubt, nothing. You don’t turn down a club like Arsenal. A lot of players would like to be in my shoes right now."

Aaron Ramsey has spoken about how the club can win the league this season:

"It's important in those games [against the top teams], especially in the first half. These places are difficult enough to go to and get results, especially when it's 0-0, never mind when it's two, three or four-nil down in the first 25 minutes. We're going to have to be a lot more streetwise when going to these places and maybe we'll have to sit back in the first half and then the game will open up in the second half and we know we'll create opportunities."

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