Arsenal news: Laurent Koscielny likely return date REVEALED – this is who he’ll face

The defender has been crocked since suffering a serious leg injury during the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid last season.

However, he is now back training with the Gunners first-team after a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

Emery said: “The most important is his feeling every day and that he can feel better at each training.

“He is close to being with us and also (playing) in the competition games but, at the moment, we are happy with him, he is feeling well.

“He is getting better every day and we are going to think after the internationals.

“I hope we can continue working and start to think about him playing games.”

The international break kicks off next week.

The France national team host Uruguay on November.

Koscielny won’t be in contention, but he could be back for the Gunners imminently afterwards.

Arsenal play Bournemouth on November 25 before a Europa League game against Vorskla Poltava four days later.

The clash with the Ukrainian outfit – which could be a dead rubber – looks the opportune fixture for Koscielny to get some game time.

Arsenal host Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates tonight.

A victory over the Portuguese heavyweights secures qualification for the knockout stages.

“We find our focus in two ways,” Emery said.

“One is this competition is very important for us. It’s one way to a title and to get into the Champions League next year.

“The second focus is on our work, to continue improving. Above all, I want to continue at the Emirates with our supporters, with the same spirit as in the same matches as against Blackpool, Leicester, Liverpool.

“Tomorrow is a very good test for us and for those two ways. They are a team with very good players and a very good history in this competition.

“They changed the coach, but I think it is a big match for them to play for first position against us. But we want to give a big match with our personality.

“Of course the first (aim) for us is to finish first in this group.

“Tomorrow is a very important match because they are second in the table and, if we win, we are first in the group.

“That’s our clear target tomorrow.”

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