Laurent Koscielny has been out of action at The Emirates since he suffered a horror injury back in March. In the Gunners Europa League semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid, the Frenchman ruptured his achilles tendon and has been out ever since. However, as he nears a return, Bernd Leno has revealed he gave a speech before the North London derby on the importance of the game.
Bernd Leno hails Koscielny:
“Before Tottenham he was not in the squad, but five minutes before the game he said many, many good things about the history of the game, how important it is for the fans, for the club, for every player.”
— LTArsenal (@ltarsenal) 10 December 2018
The French defender, on his day, used to be one of the best defenders in the Premier League and he is desperately unlucky that he doesn’t have a World Cup winners medal after his injury saw him miss the summer tournament. That, though, is now all in the past and he’ll instead be looking forward to making his full return to senior action having featured for the Gunners in the Premier league 2 and EFL Trophy with the age group sides.
Koscielny will be a welcome boost for Unai Emery. The 33-year-old brings more than just experience on the pitch as his leadership qualities off of it also make him a valuable member to the squad in North London, and as an established Champions League quality player, he’ll understand exactly what it means to the fans and the club to regain a spot at Europe’s top footballing table with a spot in the top four this season.
You can read what the Gunners made of Leno’s comments on Koscielny here:
Loyalty that Kos shows is so rare these days.
— Gaurav (@GauravFT09_) December 10, 2018
He is the true captain of Arsenal. I hope he returns on good form, age is only a number remember.
— Unai's Gunmen (@Anonymous1076) December 10, 2018
— koscielny (@H14AFC) December 10, 2018
Am starting to have a feeling, Emery is a meticulous coach who value his player and use different methods to get a winning result
— Durojaiye Henry (@HenryDurojaiye) December 11, 2018
Lolo you gorgeous man
— Kane (@K88Baker) December 10, 2018
Bossy will always be our leader no buts about it
— Noreen Porritt (@Farai48) December 10, 2018
Got chills reading that
— Jasper Paterson (@JasperSPaterson) December 10, 2018
If koscielny returns next GW, it would give moral boost and confidence to arsenal’s defense! Please return soon captain
— FPL_Sparta (@FplSparta) 10 December 2018
The Gunners still believe that Koscielny belongs at The Emirates and will be buzzing to see him back out on the pitch soon.