Laurent Koscielny impresses in key areas for Arsenal despite defeat

Taking a closer look at the all-round performance of the Arsenal centre-back against Swansea City.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was having a fine match against Swansea City on Monday, until he was out-jumped by Bafetimbi Gomis and the Frenchman nodded the ball past David Ospina.

Prior to that, the Arsenal centre-back had helped keep Swansea’s front-line at bay but his failure to do his job at the vital moment means that is all some fans will remember.

It left Arsenal with work to do to ensure they finish above Manchester United and automatically qualify for the group stage of next season’s Champions League, with the two sides going head-to-head on Sunday.

Overall though, despite being accused of ball-watching in the build-up to Swansea’s goal, Koscielny had a fine game.

  Passing AccuracyEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesDuels WonAerials WonInterceptions WonMins Played
Laurent Koscielny 95% 6 4 7 6 3 90

His passing accuracy was 95 per cent while he made 10 effective clearances during the match (six with his feet and four with his head). He also won seven duels, six aerial battles and three interceptions.

With Gabriel Paulista arriving in January, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has some big decisions to make this summer over who will be his first-choice centre-back pairing for the new campaign. And while many Gunners fans feel it is Per Mertesacker who should be replaced in the starting line-up, the Frenchman will have the final say.

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