Arsenal’s Bernd Leno has revealed that club captain Laurent Koscielny has had a major role on the club’s recent run of form despite not playing (via Arsenal.com).
Laurent Koscielny has been out of action for over six months but that could change on Thursday evening.
The Frenchman is expected to feature for the Arsenal first team for the first time since suffering an injury to his Achilles tendon in the Europa League semi-final last season.
The Gunners have been on a run of fine form in the recent months and it seems as if Koscielny has played a bigger role in that than many expect.
“In training, you see how he is talking to other players,” Bernd Leno has claimed. “We have many young players and he talks to them and for me he is a big personality in the team, in the dressing room.
“Before Tottenham, he was not in the squad but five minutes before the game he said many, many good things about the history of the game, how important it is for the fans, the club, every player, so he is the perfect captain for us.
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“He is a big personality and of course, he has big quality. I think we should give him the time [to play]. The coach is calm with him because he was a long time injured.
“I am happy for him that maybe he will play [against Qarabag on Thursday], I think he will play because he needs the confidence to play. His body needs also the feeling for the game.
“Of course, he trained a long time for us but the games are more difficult because the game is different for your head. I am happy for him that he will maybe start on Thursday and of course, he will be an option for the next weeks in the [main] starting XI.”
Laurent Koscielny has returned from injury at a perfect time for Arsenal. The Gunners have just lost Rob Holding to a lengthy injury so Koscielny’s return is timely. Let’s hope he continues to have as big of a role on the squad as Leno claims.