Revealed The Back Bone To The Arsenal Squad

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“Laurent Koscielny” (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Laurent Koscielny has been one of the first names in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI in recent years and with good reason. The France international has been a consistent option at the heart of Arsenal’s defence for the best part of seven years and he recently made his 200th Premier League appearance in their 4-0 victory away at Swansea City – an admirable effort considering the difficult start to his career at the Emirates Stadium.

Supporting Arsenal may come at a cost but key personalities like Koscielny make all of the travelling and costs of following the Gunners worth it. Arsenal have the third best away record in the top flight. In fact, according to a Voucherbox survey, fans actually save money by following Arsenal on the road than going to every home fixture at the Emirates Stadium. Attending home games costs £183.10 more for Arsenal fans than attending all away games, even if you factor in the travel costs  – and most would agree that away experiences tend to be much more enjoyable anyway.

Nowadays, Koscielny is a true fan favourite and Gunners supporters are excited at the prospect of silverware with Koscielny and summer signing Shkodran Mustafi forming a solid relationship at centre back. In fact, Arsenal are yet to lose with Mustafi alongside Koscielny in the line-up and Wenger’s men have now recorded three clean sheets in their last four Premier League games. With the Gunners fighting for silverware in multiple competitions, defensive stability and reliability is absolutely crucial.

With Koscielny under contract until 2020, Arsenal fans will be expecting many more great moments in the coming years. The Frenchman has already had an influence on Arsenal’s title challenge at both ends of the pitch this season, making a number of last-ditch tackles to prevent goal scoring opportunities whilst scoring two vital goals against Southampton and Burnley. Without those strikes, Arsenal would have been well and truly out of the title race…

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The Arsenal star’s unique ability to pop up at the right moment has helped him develop a reputation as a goal scorer – and with good reason. Koscielny has now notched 17 Premier League goals since moving to England and he has now firmly established himself as Arsenal’s top scoring defender in the modern era. His main job might be to keep the ball out of his net but his knack of scoring goals certainly helps to keep fans onside when the going gets tough.

Laurent Koscielny has blossomed into a fine, reliable talent at the heart of Arsenal’s defence and the Frenchman is only going to improve as his relationship with Mustafi develops further. At 31 years old, he still has plenty to give and Arsenal’s young defensive stars, such as Rob Holding, can learn a lot from simply evaluating Koscielny’s actions on the training field. If the Gunners are going to challenge for silverware this season, they will need their iconic defensive star to be at his brilliant best… and he usually steps up to the plate.

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