“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.