Koscielny to start for Arsenal after long lay-off

Unai Emery has confirmed Laurent Koscielny will start Arsenal’s Europa League dead-rubber against Qarabag on Thursday night.

The club captain has not featured since rupturing his Achilles in May but is set to start in a much-changed side.

Mesut Ozil is likely to be involved in some manner following a back problem while Aaron Ramsey (ankle) is also back – but Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) will miss out.

Provisional squad: Leno, Martinez, Cech, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Papastathopoulos, Medley, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Elneny, Gilmour, Torreira, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Saka, Nketiah.

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