Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Laurent Koscielny Recovered In Good Time - Unai Emery

Laurent Koscielny Recovered In Good Time - Unai Emery

The 17-year-old made his first start for the Gunners in Thursday night's 1-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League.

Emery was suitably impressed with Saka's display and praised the personality of the Arsenal academy product. "Three weeks ago we were playing in Kiev and it was the same, with Emile Smith Rowe and [Joe] Willock, they scored there". When he comes back like today with us, every supporter of Arsenal is happy, and also the player. "But for us it's also very important".

Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he had to learn how to walk again after he underwent achilles surgery in May.

"They were trying... his personality is very important for us to continue trying to go 1v1 and break lines with his quality".

Arsenal coach Unai Emery has said he is not anxious about the team's centre-back crisis for Sunday's game against Southampton, and is confident he has players who are ready to step up in the position.

"I want to wait tomorrow and Saturday for how he will feel after this match, for if he will play or not on Sunday". First-choice duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are both suspended for the game, while Rob Holding has been ruled out for the season with a torn knee ligament. He played with a very big personality for the 90 minutes, and with sometimes a good performance.

"It was Wednesday in training", he said when asked when he knew he would be playing.

"We give them these chances in games like today, when we can do that, and they show us every match positive things".

"I just focused, and I couldn't stop thinking about today and how I was going to play, and I think it turned out alright".

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