Laurent Koscielny makes honest admission about Arsenal captaincy

Laurent Koscielny has his say on his role as Arsenal captain in recent weeks

Laurent Koscielny has admitted that it is not in his nature to shout at Arsenal players on the pitch.

The France international has been given the captain’s armband by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in recent weeks as Per Mertesacker continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Koscielny has earned a reputation as one of the Premier League’s top defenders at Arsenal in recent seasons.

However, the centre-half says that it is not his style to give vocal advice to his team-mates on the pitch or before games.

Speaking in an interview with The Sun, Koscielny said: “I do not mouth off, that’s for sure.

“I’m not a great orator and I don’t like long speeches. It’s not in my nature. But, for me, that is not the role of the captain.

“The captain is someone who must act as an example on the pitch, to set his team-mates on the right path to win.

“I try to do the best I can, to fight on the pitch, win my duels and show my colleagues that they can count on me.

“It is in my performances and qualities on the pitch that I look to show my leadership.”

Arsenal – who finished second and without a trophy last season – are preparing to host Bournemouth at The Emirates this weekend as they look to return to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in their most recent top-flight outing last weekend, and drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates before that.

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