Laurent Koscielny has said he is “so happy” to be back on the pitch after making his return from injury on Thursday (via Arsenal.com).
It wasn’t the most exciting match to watch on Thursday night but the highlight was undoubtedly the return of Laurent Koscielny.
The Frenchman has been out of action for well over six months but made his return to the first-team on Thursday.
“Yes, it was an important day for me,” he told Arsenal.com after the match. “It was the end of my rehab, so I am very happy to play today with my team, for this club, and to enjoy it with them on the pitch.
“It was very emotional because you remember the first day when I was injured, the 3rd of May, and now we are on the [13th] of December, and you have some flashbacks in your head about different periods you had during your rehab.
“I’m proud of myself. You know in rehab it’s difficult to be injured, because when you start rehab you have to re-learn how to walk, how to go step by step on the stairs, and it’s difficult at the beginning, because you look like you can’t be back on the pitch.
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“It’s been difficult but you learn a lot about yourself, about the people you have around you. Now it’s the end of my rehab – I have my smile back and I will enjoy it with my club. I will start my season now.”
It was great to see Laurent Koscielny return to the pitch on Thursday evening. The Gunners’ captain has been such a huge player for the club in the last few years and his return from injury has come at a good time.