Arsenal vice-captain Laurent Koscielny has emerged as a selection doubt for Sunday’s North London derby after suffering a knee injury in the closing stages of the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Leicester City.
Though the French international laboured through the last 10 minutes of the crucial victory he was in obvious discomfort from the moment he landed awkwardly after backtracking to make a clearing header.
The 31-year-old has already spent time on the sidlines this season after injuries to his Achilles and thigh and Wenger admitted he could not yet confirm whether his defensive linchpin would be available for the trip to take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane for perhaps the final time.
“Koscielny has a knee problem but I don’t know how bad yet,” Wenger said. “I have to check.”
Were Koscielny to miss out Wenger may struggle to continue with the back three he has named in Arsenal’s last three games, not least because Shkodran Mustafi is still yet to recover from a thigh injury.