Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has allayed fears of any injury concerns after he claimed that he was feeling young and is ready to continue his career at the top level, Arsenal Player reports.
Koscielny turns 30 today but has refused to let age dictate how his body should feel and he insists that he still feels like a young player coming into the game.
While 30 is often considered as the start of a defender’s peak age, Koscielny may also be aided by the fact that he blossomed into an elite player rather late in his career.
He started playing in France’s highest division at the age of 23, a year before we signed him from Lorient in 2010.
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“For a footballer, it is important as you are closer to the end of your career than you are to the start. But, I feel like a young man,” Koscielny was quoted as saying.
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“I’m nearly 30, but my body is ready to play more games, just the age has changed.”
Koscielny has rightfully earned plaudits in recent months for his consistent displays and is easily one of the best defenders in Europe.
He has a significant effect on our performances and his absence is keenly felt as we saw during our clash against Liverpool last month.
After struggling with a back injury, Koscielny returned against Newcastle and we’ll certainly need him fit for the remainder of the campaign if we’re to stand any chance.