Laurent Koscielny has been passed fit for Tuesday’s Champions League visit to Paris Saint-Germain despite suffering a badly bruised eye late in Arsenal’s win over Southampton.

He’s alright,” confirmed the boss.

“He had a big knock on his face but recovered quite well. I was concerned after the game that he wouldn’t be available, but he’s alright.”

Named skipper for the Southampton game despite Santi Cazorla’s presence on the pitch, Koscielny is now one of Arsenal’s marquee stars, Wenger said.

“Laurent has taken on a new status with us – I think he’s one of the best in the world,” said Wenger. 

Arsenal’s displays have been patchy so far this season are Wenger admitted his side are still not as fit as he’s like them to be.

“Mentally we are ready; physically we are not quite ready so far.”
But Wenger again stressed his confidence in his current squad, reiterating his belief that it can compete for the big prizes.

“It’s the most mature squad I’ve had for a long time, because they are men,” said Wenger. “They are not 19 or 20 years old, they are 24, 27, 28 and the whole squad is quite mature. It’s the first time for a long time that I’ve had a team of what you can call men ready to compete.

“I was used to playing with my younger squads when you build a stadium because you don’t have the resources. Now I have a team with more experienced players. The squad is between 24 and 30. That’s where you have a good combination of physical strength and experience.” 

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