The young French centre-back Laurent Loscielny seems to have replaced Thomas Vermaelen as first choice in the Arsenal starting XI after his performance against Bayern Munich in midweek, and his pairing with Per Mertesacker was confirmed in yesterdays game against Sweansea where we yet again kept a clean sheet.
Wenger explained why he had to stick to Vermaelen for most of the season up til now. He said: “Koscielny was outstanding on Wednesday night,”
“He has shown a bit more authority than usual and when he gets into that frame of mind, you can see he has outstanding qualities. It’s something I know he has but he needs that authority in his game to get his qualities completely out.
“He says that he was disturbed in his preparation in pre-season. In our final game in Cologne, he had a calf injury. It took him a long, long time to come back and after that he had many setbacks through the season.
“And every time he was close to coming back, he had another injury or sickness. He was sick a lot this year.”
Arsenal have now won the last games with 2-0 scorelines, and if you want to bet that they can do this yet again in the next game against Reading, then you should first check this link for betting bonus information before parting with your cash. I would certainly lay some money on Arsenal keeping a clean sheet again now that Koscielny is back in the defence!