Koscielny out but Podolski returns for Chelsea clash

The defender will miss the Monday clash after suffering a knee injury in Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City, but the striker is back in contention after four months out
Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out of Arsenal's clash with Chelsea, but Lukas Podolski is available following four months out with a hamstring injury.

Goal revealed the defender was likely to miss the Monday game after suffering after suffering his lacerated knee in the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City.

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But there is better news regarding Podolski, who Goal reported would be available to return in December after tearing his hamstring.

Speaking to the press ahead of his side's top-of-the-table showdown with Chelsea, Wenger said: "Koscielny is certainly out for the game.

"[Jack] Wilshere is of course suspended. Podolski is available."

Wenger did stress, however, that Podolski will take time to return to full fitness but insists he can help Arsenal be "dangerous offensively" against Chelsea.

"It will take a little while for him to come back but he can score goals for us," he said. "We have shown we can be very dangerous offensively. We have self-belief but let's show it on Monday.

"Chelsea have a lot of talented players in every position. We need to find our defensive stability.

"Recent results have been disappointing but they have not affected the morale."