Mertesacker explains reasons for impressive Koscielny partnership

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker believes that he and Laurent Koscielny both suit each others' games

per mertesacker
Per Mertesacker joined Arsenal from Werder Bremen in 2011 Photo: Per Mertesacker/Facebook

Per Mertesacker believes that his successful partnership alongside Laurent Koscielny at the heart of Arsenal’s defence is down to the pair being perfectly suited to each others’ games.

The Gunners have not lost a game that Mertesacker and Koscielny have both completed since 22 January 2012 and Arsene Wenger’s men currently have the second-best defence in the Premier League.

And the Germany international feels that the impressive record is down to the pair complementing each others’ style of play well.

We both take advantages from each other so that is the main key [to our success]

Per Mertesacker

“In this case I would say we have different qualities,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “One is more mobile, one has more height.

“It fits absolutely well together because [these] days the centre backs are not just tall and just have to [deal with] long balls and to head these balls.

“I’ve played with many good centre backs with different qualities. But Laurent, he’s one of the quickest players I’ve ever played with, one of the most mobile players, and he anticipates well a lot of balls so he has real strengths to be a good partner.

“For me it’s easy to play alongside him. Hopefully he’s going to say that to you as well when he speaks about me! We both take advantages from each other so that is the main key [to our success] I think.”

Gossip
Raheem Sterling
Reporter claims Raheem Sterling 'will be' a Chelsea FC player this summer
Gossip
Erik ten Hag (Photo: Oleksandr Prykhodko / depositphotos.com)
Chelsea FC, Man United will have to pay €60m for Benoit Badiashile - report
Fabio Vieira
Bruno Fernandes delivers his verdict on Arsenal's signing of Fabio Vieira
Gossip
Matthijs De Ligt
Chelsea FC receive potential boost in bid to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt - report
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal 'still pushing' to sign Lisandro Martinez ahead of Man United
Gossip
Raheem Sterling
Reporter claims Raheem Sterling 'will be' a Chelsea FC player this summer
Gossip
Erik ten Hag (Photo: Oleksandr Prykhodko / depositphotos.com)
Chelsea FC, Man United will have to pay €60m for Benoit Badiashile - report
Fabio Vieira
Bruno Fernandes delivers his verdict on Arsenal's signing of Fabio Vieira
Gossip
Matthijs De Ligt
Chelsea FC receive potential boost in bid to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt - report
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal 'still pushing' to sign Lisandro Martinez ahead of Man United
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature