Confirmed: Arsenal and France’s Laurent Koscielny to miss the World Cup

The French Football Federation have confirmed that defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the 2018 World Cup after suffering an Achilles injury against Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal were eliminated from the Europa League this evening at the semi-final stage by Atletico with Diego Costa’s first-half proving the difference over the two-legs.

Koscielny to miss World Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The 32-year-old went down in visible pain in the opening stage of the Europa League semi-final second-leg with players from both sides concerned.

The FFF did not confirm the details of the injury, they did, however, state that it will not be possible for the defender to travel to Russia in the summer due to the severity.

French manager Didier Deschamps confirmed:

“It’s a very big blow for the French team.

“An injury never comes at the right time.

“I am really very sad for Laurent because this World Cup was also a very important moment for him in his career and I wish him strength and a good return to the field because I’m sure he still has some great things to show.”

Distressing moments

Arsenal out

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 03: Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring the first goal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Atletico Madrid as Diego Costa returned to once again haunt the Gunners.

The Spanish forward scored the only goal of the game to take Atletico Madrid to the Europa League final where they will face Marseille.

Madrid proved a stern test for Arsene Wenger’s side who were unable to break them down at a stadium they have gone 1,097 minutes without conceding a goal in.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Arsenal (Official highlights)