Savage questions why Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny didn’t feature against Liverpool

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action with Norwich's Sebastien Bassong

Arsenal lost 4-3 to Liverpool with a number of key players absent.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action with Sunderland's Jermain DefoeArsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Outspoken pundit Robbie Savage says he couldn’t understand why Laurent Koscielny didn’t feature for Arsenal during their entertaining 4-3 defeat to Liverpool last weekend, the Mirror report.

The talented defender was a first-team regular for France as the host nation reached the final of the European Championship this summer, ultimately losing 1-0 to Portugal in Paris.

Koscielny was due an extended break following as a result of his participation in France, but many supporters were frustrated to see him absent against Liverpool especially in the wake of Per Mertesacker’s injury.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action with Norwich's Sebastien BassongArsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action with Norwich's Sebastien Bassong

Writing in his column for the Mirror, Savage questions why the defender was absent and suggests Koscielny should have made more of an effort to force Wenger in to starting him.

“Laurent Koscielny should surely have been knocking the manager’s door down to play against Liverpool last Sunday,” Savage wrote.

“Koscielny was handed an extended break after reaching the Euro 2016 final with France. But Andy King, for example, played for Leicester on the first day of the season against Hull 24 hours earlier after getting to the tournament's semi-finals with Wales.

“You could understand if Leicester rested him, as they had another option. But Arsenal didn’t with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel injured and they paid the price, losing 4-3 to Liverpool.”

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and West Brom's Salomon Rondon in actionArsenal's Laurent Koscielny and West Brom's Salomon Rondon in action

Koscielny’s absense was certainly a factor in Arsenal’s defeat, as a young-looking back-line struggled to deal with the movement of Liverpool’s forwards, in particular Philippe Coutinho.

Arsene Wenger is in the hunt for a new defender with Shkodran Mustafi heavily linked (the Telegraph), but one has to question why the Valencia man wasn’t brought in immediately after Euro 2016 had finished.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch