Arsenal’s 3-0 victory against West Ham United on Saturday came courtesy of goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini. But while the Gunners’ scorers will obviously be hailed as heroes, another player was quietly getting on with business and playing a vital role in the victory.
Laurent Koscielny followed up his fine performance in the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United last week with a classy display against the Hammers.
Following Gabriel Paulista’s arrival in North London, questions were asked as to who would be Arsenal’s first-choice centre-back pairing in the long term, and Koscielny’s latest performance suggests he is up for the fight.
The French international had a passing accuracy of 93 per cent and he was dispossessed just once all afternoon.
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While West Ham had only one shot on target that in part must go down to the impact of the Arsenal centre-back, who made five effective clearances, won seven duels and made an impressive eight interceptions.
In short, Koscielny kept the visitors at bay and ensured Arsenal ultimately ran out comfortable winners when Ramsey and Flamini scored twice in the last 10 minutes.