The Koscielny conundrum
You see the problem with hitting a chav with a glass bottle is, you smash your glass. This is also a problem for Arsene Wenger when it comes to club captain Laurent Koscielny, the more you use him, the more he gets injured.
Laurent Koscielny has been at Arsenal for over seven years now and in that time he has been out 245 days in total and had 15 various injuries, missing a near seasons worth of games in 47 all together. It’s undoubted what Koscielny brings to the team thanks to his leadership, ball interceptions and all around classy defensive play, but there are questions that need to be asked.
Can Arsenal continue to base their defence on an albeit talented yet injury-prone defender?
Another question is – if they stop basing it on Koscielny, should they base it on a player still at the club or bring someone in from outside?
Obvious candidates for the solid base are, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding. If Arsenal were to bring someone in I’d love it if they stole a march on Spurs and signed Davinson Sanchez (or even Toby Alderwierald from Spurs themselves) thanks to a reported release clause.
Long term target for most top six Premier League teams is Virgil Van Dijk who, although costly, would make a true statement of intent and strengthen the team greatly.
In answer to the first question and in conclusion, it does at least so far appear Arsene Wenger has complete trust in his captain Laurent Koscielny, who is a notorious hard man and will go to battle patched up and to the death for the club he loves. Time will tell if this kingdom is built on rock or clay.
I got into football as a kid watching Italian football in the afternoons and ever since I’ve been hooked on tactics and the continental side of the game. I’ve written about Italian football in the past among other things but now it’s time to write about, the embodiment of how I see the beautiful game, Arsenal. Hopefully writing things and opinions about the game you haven’t seen before, I like a bit of a joke too.