Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is slowly returning from a long-term injury setback and hasn’t played a first-team game since May.
But the Frenchman recently featured for the Under-23s side to suggest his comeback is near and will hope to be back in contention at the Emirates Stadium soon enough.
The centre-back has been one of the most consistent performers at the North London club since he joined for £8.5million (Telegraph) in 2010 and was a regular under Arsene Wenger’s reign.
But it will be interesting to see how he fares with new manager Unai Emery at the helm and whether he can get back to his commanding best.
Koscielny, 33, is certainly not getting any younger and it may take some time to get up to speed once again with the Gunners.
Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are the main centre-backs vying for the starting positions, but there may be room for Koscielny to break back into the side if he gets back to his best.
He has always been a centre-back comfortable on the ball, something that should please Emery, while he’s a real leader too that is a big figure in the Arsenal dressing room.
It may be quite difficult for Koscielny to truly get back to the levels he has once hit in an Arsenal shirt as he was beginning to dip last season before his injury, but Emery has shown he can help get the best out of players during his short time with the club.