Arsenal have had some very strong central defensive pairings over the years, perhaps more notably back in the days when that was seen as the strongest part of our game, which gave rise to the famous chant of ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’. Even in the two decades with Arsene Wenger as our manager, with the Frenchman giving the Gunners into a much more attack minded, exciting and creative type of football.
Arsenal will not have to face our Premier League title rivals Manchester United until after the next international break, but when the Gunners do travel up to Old Trafford for the match on the 19th of November, one of the players that could prove to be the keys to an Arsenal victory is the France international star Laurent Koscielny.
Hopefully times have totally changed for arsenal and the long suffering Arsenal fans will no longer have to se our best players like Fabregas, Nasri and the little boy inside Robin van Persie abandon north London for what looks like greener grass elsewhere.
You have to feel a little bit sorry for the Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud, as not much has been going right for the big fellow of late. Take the Champions League for instance, when he came on and was sent off soon after for a second yellow which replays showed was completely undeserved.
One of the criticisms that has been aimed at Arsene Wenger and Arsenal over the last 10 years, while the Gunners never really came close to winning the Premier League title that we all want, was that he failed to recruit the players that Arsenal needed.
A team needs to have a lot of things in order to win the Premier League title, as Arsenal’s 12 year spell without the coveted trophy despite the consistency of never dropping out of the top four will tell you. But it is really starting to look like Arsenal might just have everything we need this time after the dramatic late winner away to Burnley showed once again that luck is on our side this season.
Laurent Koscielny pulled an ‘Arsene Wenger’ by claiming he did not know if he handled the ball to score the winner for Arsenal yesterday.
The French manager has regularly claimed to not see such goings on during the game, from deliberate fouls, dives, and various other precarious occurrences on the field, and today is no different.
Arsenal managed to steal all three points today, with a questionable winner which will no doubt leave our opponents reeling.
There was little to talk about from the first-half of the match, with many passes being over hit, and both defences clearing up any attacking threats, and the second-half wasn’t much better.