Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny held back from Bayern game to be ready for North London Derby

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny could be in line for a return to first team action against Tottenham in the North London Derby this weekend, though manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will make a late decision over whether he will play, The Guardian reports.

The Frenchman was left out of the squad that lost to Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that he could have been used against the Bundesliga giants.

He was named on the bench, but didn’t make it on the pitch, and now The Guardian claims that he will be restored back into the starting XI for Sunday’s meeting with Spurs providing he does not suffer any further setbacks before match day.

Koscielny has also been included in Didier Deschamps’s France squad for the upcoming friendlies against England and Germany (via Guardian).

However, Wenger has already confirmed that full-back Hector Bellerin will miss Sunday’s clash with groin injury, but does hope he will be ready to return following the international break (via Guardian).

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