Arsene Wenger has paid homage to the improvement of Laurent Koscielny and admitted he is pleased the defender is finally starting to earn the plaudits his performances have deserved.
Picked up from Lorient ahead of the start of last season, the newly capped French international has come on leaps and bounds in his first 18 months in England overcoming setbacks, including his mistake in the Carling Cup final, to become a key component in the Gunners first team squad.
Speaking ahead of the match with Wolves, the boss spoke warmly of Koscielny to Arsenal Player:
“He is a special player and he’s starting slowly to get credit.
“Let’s not forget before the Manchester City game we did not know if he would play or not because he had flu.
“He doesn’t speak a lot, but his performances speak for him.”
Koscielny’s versatility has been vital in recent weeks with Arsenal’s defence currently operating without any recognised full-backs. Touching on the way in which utilising centre-backs on the flanks has altered his side’s style, Wenger continued:
“We are a bit more cautious going forward because a centre back is not a full back.
“Maybe we are a little bit more resilient defensively and a bit stronger in the air but overall it doesn’t change a lot and we still try to play out from the back with our passing game. It’s changed it a little bit.”