Arsenal had a match to forget this weekend when they lost 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard only told part of the story, with Arsenal finishing the match with nine men after Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla had both been sent off.
Gabriel was dismissed for flicking a foot at Diego Costa, while Cazorla was shown a second yellow card after a foul on Cesc Fabregas, but it was the Chelsea striker’s battle with Laurent Koscielny that will generate most of the post-match conversation.
Costa clashed with Koscielny in an incident that could easily have seen the Spanish international sent off, but the Frenchman’s calm reaction probably saved the Chelsea star and changed the course of the match in the process.
Koscielny tried his best to keep Chelsea’s attacking stars at bay after his side played the second half with 10 men and the last 12 minutes with only nine, but it was to no avail.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought of Koscielny’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Koscielny is cool as a cucumber— Aden (@adenarm) September 19, 2015
@rachelbott22 Koscielny was brilliant throughout it all.— Damian Barr (@damianbarr) September 19, 2015
Tbh Koscielny being an honest professional has saved Diego Costa. If he had of got slapped and fell over Costa would of seen a red card— G (@NIGhosthunterG) September 19, 2015
Koscielny is class. Not easily taunted. Keeps fighting till the final whistle. Pure class.— Aqil Kily (@Aqil_Kily) September 19, 2015
Worried with Koscielny's form. Didn't do well earlier (West Ham or CP). Being the senior most, he didn't hold the line & let to Zouma's goal— Raghav T (Arsenal) (@akronfall) September 19, 2015
Fair play to Cech, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey and Walcott.. Didn't stop until the end...— Scott (gunner) (@itzStano) September 19, 2015
Cazorla isn't even a captain why give him the captaincy, better off giving it to Koscielny— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@MyNiggaPolo) September 19, 2015
Great game by Koscielny. In a very forgettable game for the team, he bust his lungs for the whole 90.— [Chuka] (@IamChukstarr) September 19, 2015
I take back everything I ever said about Koscielny. Great defender and player— Arsène's Grandson (@JonathanJabb) September 19, 2015