Posted on Friday, 21st September 2012 by Taaza
Our previous games have showed a lot in terms of defensive improvements.
But where does that leave Laurent Koscielny, who was arguably one of the best defenders last season in the Premier League if not Europe?
The Frenchman has failed to start a game for us so far this season largely due to a knock he picked up in pre-season, though he has been assured by Arsene Wenger that he still has a first-team future at Arsenal.
But it seems he will have to do a hell of a lot to get back his place in the line-up.
‘He is fit, he has not practiced a lot but he will come back into the team.
‘But Thomas is playing well, Mertesacker is playing well and we have competition.’
A competition for places is what we needed at the back, and Vermaelen insists it shows Arsenal’s depth and strength – the fact Koscielny, who is one of our best defenders, cannot get into the side supports the Belgian’s claim.
‘I think that is a good sign if we have a player like him on the bench.
‘He was maybe one of the most important players last season and he is on the bench so that means we are doing well.
‘It is always good to have a strong bench as well and we have that.’
I for one agree with our captain. This is good for our team. No one’s place in the squad is assured. Not only defensively, but higher up the field too.
At present the team looks very strong and when our best players can’t get into the side it shows we are moving forward as a club. It’s a good sign, and I’m sure Koscielny will return to the first-team when Wenger sees fit. I’m not sure whose place he’ll be tacking, but it will be interesting to see.
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