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Lord Koscielny: More Important Than You Think

Arsenal’s self proclaimed, “New Season” has gotten off to the best possible start by defeating Swansea on Saturday afternoon. By no means was it a vintage Arsenal performance; the score line of 1-0 was in fact very flatte…

Arsenal’s self proclaimed, “New Season” has gotten off to the best possible start by defeating Swansea on Saturday afternoon. By no means was it a vintage Arsenal performance; the score line of 1-0 was in fact very flattering to Swansea. The media pundits would have you believe that we scraped out a win, which is true in some sense. However, if we had taken all our chances the score would have been much higher.

Our debutants of Arteta, Mertesacker and Benayoun all looked dashing in the red and white, while their performances matched how they looked. Mertesacker looked assured at the back, barring the early chance Graham had in front of goal, which Szcznesy saved brilliantly.

Arteta seems to be the correct buy from the performance he put in. Right from the off Arteta won the ball in the middle of the park and dribbled a long way before sending Ramsey through. Ramsey was poor with the finish and wasted the good chance made by the Spaniard. The point stands however that Arteta could be midfielder that has been required for so long now.

While Arteta does not offer the kind of thrilling name that Fabregas or Nasri did when listed on the score sheet, his hard working play compliments his excellent passing variety fits in very well to the current Arsenal side.

At Arsenal, we’ve always been known to produce some of the best young talents available, talents that included Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere. However, since the days of the Invincibles our side has been befallen with players that can’t seem to be able to win when it matters. Poor form in the closing months of spring have ruined many Premiere League title campaigns, while last year’s debacle in the Carling Cup final shows a lack of focus.

Arteta is a proven Premier League player that simply knows how to do his job and do it well. That kind of mentality may begin to rub off on our immensely talented youngsters and the change in attitude may be the reason trophies begin to arrive back at Highbury.

Now, you’re probably wondering why I titled my article, “Lord Koscielny.” Simple, his play will be very important to our success this year. With TV5 battling fitness issues, he will be a first choice CB, so much of the responsibility of maintaining the momentum from Swansea will fall on his defensive shoulders. I personally believe our Frenchman will be up to the task.

He had a rough first season at the Emirates; with TV5 being hurt Kos was paired with the ever-switching duo of Johan and Squid. Neither are the type of organizers that Kos plays best with. While Kos played fantastically against Liverpool and Barcelona, he struggled against mid-tabled opponents like Bolton. His most high profile error was obviously the mix up between Szcznesy and himself in the Carling Cup final.

This season though we have seen a confident and strong Koscielny, one that bosses with back line and makes very key interceptions. The first leg of the Udinese tie is the perfect example of how effective the Koscielny-Vermaelen partnership can be. While Koscielny was part of the beating we took at Old Trafford, he was hardly to be faulted for the entirety of that defeat. Both he and Johan were caught moving slowly on their offside trap, but Arsenal has always had problems with their line. Koscielny’s positional play will improve with the intelligence that Mertesacker brings to the team. While Koscielny adds his great knowledge of being able to read open play situations.

This season, according to, Koscielny has a 92% pass completion and has won 91% of his aerial duels. With numbers like these, I think it shows that our #6 has finally completed his adaption to the English game, expect a big season from Koscielny.

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  1. kiki

    September 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    oh this article make brain, personally i thought lord kozzer was 2 skinny when he first arrived the emirates but he has proved me wrong, infact he did that since last season. If u can take a brief look at last season it was only diouf of b’burn ran past lord kozza on a one-on-one situation.
    I stand 2 be corrected

    • jay

      September 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

      And Nile Ranger destroyed him twice but to no consequence in our home defeat to the Toon. Like the Blackburn game you mention though this was early on in our season &Koscielnys Arsenal career. Has improved massively!

  2. famy

    September 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I personally think that koscielny is much better than johan and squillaci. for me he’s been getting a bit of a stick from the media just because he came from a 3rd/2nd div team. And whenever he played briliantly, the spotlight never were given to him.

    his interception and man marking what amazes me, look how he contained messi last meeting with barca at emirates, and how well he intercepts passes in the liv and swansea game.

    johan/ squillaci is never near that standard.

  3. olat

    September 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Apart from Mertesacker and Vermaelen our better experience defender is Koscielny.Far far better than johan,and squilaci

  4. John

    September 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    We seen tonight Kozzer is much better than Per. Watching Mertsacker play oppose Hummels I was dejection pay the extra 15m and have a classy centre half to partner Vermanlen with Kozzer provided excellent back up for injuries, rest, suspension.

    Hoefully we sign Cahill on a pre contract in Jan.

  5. M'code

    September 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Its very important dis guy is given a contract…i like dis guy favrit arsenal playder.

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