Laurent Koscielny reveals key to Arsenal’s Premier League title bid
Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny says the Gunners need to rotate to maintain title bid
Laurent Koscielny believes squad rotation will be a key factor in Arsenal’s Premier League title bid.
The Gunners temporarily topped the table on Saturday evening after a 2-1 victory over Everton in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium.
I don’t know if this is the best Arsenal team I have ever played for but collectively you can tell that we are capable to do great things together
Arsene Wenger’s side were bumped down to second place after Manchester City picked up a point in a goalless draw with Manchester United in Sunday’s derby.
The north London side face Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup fourth round, with Wenger expected to shuffle his Arsenal pack for the cup tie.
And Koscielny believes Wenger needs to rotate his Arsenal players in order to keep the FA Cup holders fresh for Premier League tests to come.
“We know each other’s qualities and we know the philosophy of the team. A season is long. We saw it last year with a few injuries, so we appreciate having everybody ready to come in,” Koscielny told Arsenal’s website.
“We benefit from the coach’s rotation. Everybody brings his contribution. It’s important to have that. I don’t know if this is the best Arsenal team I have ever played for but collectively you can tell that we are capable to do great things together. We need to keep that team spirit and this desire and motivation.
“We like having the ball but there are times in games where we are on the back foot and that’s when we need to make the efforts for the team and for our team-mates. We did it against Bayern and [against Everton] in the second half. Let’s keep it this way until the end of the season.”
Koscielny was named in the Premier League team of the week by Opta-powered www.oulala.com after he scored Arsenal’s second goal in a 2-1 win against Everton.
The 30-year-old has scored one goal in 11 games in all competitions for the Gunners this term.