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Wenger allays injury fears over Wilshere and Koscielny

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Wenger praises makeshift Arsenal defence in victory over Sunderland
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Wenger praises makeshift Arsenal defence in victory over Sunderland

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to allay fears of long-term injury lay-offs to both Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny following the 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

Wilshere was bodychecked by Alfred N'Diaye midway through the second half of the game at the Stadium of Light, before being helped from the pitch.

Meanwhile, the center back was a late withdrawal from the matchday squad after aggravating his calf in the warm up.

But Wenger has tempered fears of an extended period on the sidelines for the pair.

"[Koscielny has a] calf problem. We think it's a question of days because he had a positive scan. He limped out with the French national team and we decided to give him a try in the warm up but it was not good enough but I don't think it's long term.

"Jack is a big kick on the thigh, he could not walk. Again it's just a question of four or five days."

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