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Koscielny gunning to ease the pain of cup final ban

By Staff Reporter

Laurent Koscielny will start the long journey of putting his FA Cup final heartbreak behind him when he returns from suspension for Arsenal tomorrow. The France international defender has missed the opening two Premier League games after being sent off in the Gunners' final league fixture of last season against Everton.

His dismissal against the Toffees also saw him ruled out of the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea - as Arsene Wenger's side lifted the trophy for a record 13th time despite being depleted in defence.

Koscielny has been overlooked throughout pre-season as Wenger needed to give game-time to those who were available for the games against Leicester and Stoke.

But, after losing 1-0 against the latter last weekend, the Arsenal boss is keen to reintroduce his compatriot for tomorrow's trip to Liverpool.

"We lost the game on Saturday because defensively we gave a cheap goal away, and it's good to have him back," he said.

"It's been very hard, because I didn't even consider him for friendly games, you know, because I had to play some defenders," added Wenger.

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