Arsenal morning news: Koscielny to miss 7 games; Khedira drops demands

Laurent Koscielny

All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger gave a number of injury updates yesterday, including one on defender Laurent Koscielny. The French international has chronic Achilles tendinitis - diagnosed whilst on international duty with France.

Wenger conceded yesterday he will be without the player indefinitely, stating:

"I cannot give you any date. I hope he will be available after the next international break."

Reports from France now echo that sentiment.

L'Equipe report that Koscielny will be out until the end of November - ruling him out of six to seven games including ties against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

While there is bad news from one centre-back there is good news from another - although this one does not play for Arsenal ... yet.

Dutch talent Virgil van Dijk of Celtic has been linked heavily with Premier League moves recently - with Southampton, Everton and Manchester United all said to be keen.

But Arsenal were given a boost this week after the centre-back admitted an affinity for The Gunners.

He told Sky Sports:

“Arsenal are an amazing club,” he said “It’s a big club with a great history but so are Celtic and I’m very happy here just now. I just want to play well and we will see what happens in the future. There are stories but until there are bids I can’t say anything."

Arsenal have recently been deploying Nacho Monreal at centre back after failing to replace Thomas Vermaelen in the summer.

Finally, and Sami Khedira has reportedly dropped his wage demands in order to facilitate a move to Arsenal.

The German international is available on a free transfer next summer as his contract with Real Madrid expires. He has long been linked with a move to The Emirates, but wages have always seemed a sticking point.

However, he is believed to be considering dropping his demands to £80k-a-week in order to force through a move he wants.

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