Unai Emery has expressed his joy at the form of Laurent Koscielny who received Sky’s Man of the Match award for his goal-scoring and stellar defensive performance in the 2-0 win against Chelsea last time out.
Many doubted the 33-year-old would be able to perform at the highest level after suffering such a horrific achilles injury, but the Arsenal skipper has impressed the boss in recent weeks.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United, the Spaniard noted, “In the last matches, I think we are looking at a Koscielny with a big performance like he is used to producing.
“After these injuries, it’s also necessary to take matches, to take confidence again and then physically, for him to be well enough to play with this level of performance.
“I think in the last two matches, at West Ham and against Chelsea, I think this year and after his injuries, they are the performances we want.”
Koscielny, who spoke of his devastation at missing France’s victorious World Cup campaign, returned to action in December, with both a new haircut and the captain’s armband.
After initially struggling in games against Southampton and Brighton, he seems to be back to his best. Great stuff.