Arsenal defender ruled out of Milan clash

Arsenal ‘considering Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger replacement

Laurent Koscielny has laid bare the crisis of confidence at Arsenal and admitted the players' self-belief will not return swiftly after Brighton inflicted the team's fourth defeat in the space of 11 days.

"Hector hasn't travelled. he has an inflammation of his left knee. If you love a place and they ask - I repeat, they ask - for help, you are always going to say yes". "We tried but nothing is with us".

Away form has been a major concern for Wenger's men of late, too, having lost their last four Premier League fixtures on the road and failing to win any of their last five.

Last year he was given a new two-year contract after winning the FA Cup, despite finishing outside the top four for the first time in his 21-year reign. Losing out to a fellow European giant working its way back from its own dark and unusual depths would be a failure of expectations and another indictment on Arsene Wenger's ability - or rather, inability - to lead this club past this current season. "When the team struggles for confidence it's even more hard".

Wenger has largely bore the brunt for a sorry run of form, with the long-serving Frenchman seeing calls for him to step aside intensify as the Gunners have become firmly stuck in a rut.

So, now we have incontrovertible evidence that Henry would relish the opportunity should it come his way.

"You want to show you have the quality and the strength and you can only show that when it is hard".

Even Wenger's most loyal supporters have started to turn on the long-time Arsenal manager after one of the worst spells for the Gunners in recent years. You have to earn the right to play that kind of football and you can not just rock up on the pitch to win. "When we came here last time, we didn't", Koscielny said.

"Arsenal is a technical team that doesn't like defensive transitions. We play Sunday, Thursday, Sunday,'s almost physically impossible to play this number of games". That's the most important. "The club are together and we need to stay together".

With Arsenal set to lock horns with Bonaventura's side in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening, Bonventura was present alongside Gattuso in the pre-game press conference.