28 passes, 7 recoveries: Laurent Koscielny stars again for Arsenal

The defender was crucial to their 2-1 win over Manchester City.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny put in another top display as his side beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Emirates.

While the likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil starred at one end of the pitch, it was arguably a solid defensive display that earned them a vital victory.

Key to that solidity was Koscielny, who once again starred in the heart of the Gunners defence, with many believing he is now up among the best in the Premier League.

  MatchAccurate PassEffective ClearanceInterception WonDuel WonBall RecoveryMins Played
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal vs Man City 28 2 5 2 7 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the Frenchman was impressive in a number of defensive areas in the win over City.

First and foremost was the number of times he won the ball back, posting five interceptions and recovering the ball seven times, as he consistently cut off City’s attacks.

He also managed two effective clearances and won two duels over the 90-minute display.

Even his passing was impressive, as he registered 28 accurate passes in the game, with one to Mesut Ozil setting them on their way to the opening goal and earning widespread praise.

So once again, while Arsenal’s attacking talents caught the headlines, it was Laurent Koscielny who was vital to another big win this season .

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