Arsenal’s Wembley saviour Laurent Koscielny looks back at the equalising goal he scored in that famous FA cup final in May.
Koscielny bundled in the equaliser late in the second half injuring himself in the process. The Frenchman has a knack of scoring important goals, like the one at Newcastle’s Sports Direct Arena a couple of seasons back that clinched Champions league qualification.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Laurent says the goal was a result of sensing the situation while attacking corners or free kicks.
I smelled that I could get the ball, so I just turned near the six-yard box and I waited. The ball came, and I turned and kicked it towards goal. I’ve scored a few like that, not just headers like most defenders score. I got one at Newcastle a couple of seasons ago, and also a few at my old clubs Tours and Lorient.
On free-kicks and corners you need to react. It’s about sensing a situation like a striker. Sometimes you train to make this run or that run, but when you are there you might feel the run isn’t great and then suddenly the ball is with you.
Fortunately Koscielny sensed what was going to happen when the ball ricocheted off Giroud from a Santi corner. Despite Hull keeper Allan McCregor jumping into his legs, Kozzer squeezed the ball home and Arsenal were back in the game. Heroic.