Arsenal roundup: Wenger to assess Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud before West Brom

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Hello, Arsenal fans and welcome to your Friday roundup of all the biggest news surrounding the Gunners.

The international break is behind us and the focus returns to the Premier League with a busy festive period fast approaching.

The Gunners can go top of the league if results go their way, but a trip to face Tony Pulis' well-drilled West Brom will be no easy task for the north London club.  


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Arsene Wenger has said he will talk to Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud to see if they are emotionally prepared to play at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The two French internationals have had an emotional week following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Wenger admitted they have been 'deeply affected' by what happened. He also said he will not be willing to play them if they are not 100 percent ready.

The Gunners boss said he did not recognise Koscielny during France's friendly with England, but believes it was the right decision to play the game.


In other news, Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has named his three most creative Arsenal teammates and it will come as no surprise to see Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla make the list.

The former Everton made said they were players who could 'make the difference for us at any moment.'

He's not wrong. The three attacking midfielders have been in inspired form for Arsenal this season, and none more so than Mesut Ozil, who is producing assist after assist in the Premier League.


Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has attacked the recruitment systems of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United after they missed out on Dele Alli. 

The 19-year-old was snapped up for £5 million from MK Dons and has flourished under Mauricio Pochettino, scoring his first goal for England against France.

And Redknapp believes 'any mug' can back a player who is worth £20 million, but scouts are scared to back young talent.

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