During Arsenal’s Champions League qualifying match against Fenerbahçe, defender Laurent Koscielny suffered a devastating gash to the head after being booted by Pierre Webo while challenging for a high ball.

The defender was substituted shortly after the incident when the wound was discovered to be very deep.

During the post match interview the Arsenal manager, he said: "We have to check that there's no bone broken. He opened the skull but it's very deep, it's very, very deep."

The defender, who prior to this game was already ineligible for Arsenal’s Saturday game against Fulham, is the latest addition to Arsenal’s ever-growing injury list.

This list now consists of Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Wenger made his feelings known, saying: "I was not happy with the kick because I feel always that you can ease a bit off. Only the player in the end will know what he did.

"Koscielny has opened very deeply the skull. We are concerned because we had to send him to hospital to see if he has not broken a bone. We are waiting for him to come back now, for information to find out if he can fly home with us."

Arsenal play the return leg at the Emirates on August 27 and currently hold a comfortable three-goal advantage.

Goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud helped the Gunners to a great win against their Turkish opposition, however the injury to their star defender certainly puts a downer on the game. 

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