Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that one of the main reasons for the uplift of fortunes for Arsenal in the second half of the season has been the form of defender Laurent Koscielny.

Laurent Koscielny arrived at Arsenal a few seasons ago, but this game was full of errors in the initial few matches for Arsenal. This led many to believe that the Frenchman was a big disaster for Arsenal, but having been in the Premier league for quite a while now, the defender is beginning to show his true value to the club.

His excellent interceptions and reading of the game has meant that Arsenal have been able to make ground on their rivals like Chelsea and Tottenham, despite their good start to the season.


Just when it seemed that Laurent Koscielny would go away as the unsung hero this season, Thomas Vermaelen has come out in praise of the defender by saying that he is one of the main reasons for their revival in form. Vermaelen and Koscielny once again formed a brilliant partnership in the match against Chelsea during the weekend to keep out their away. The match finished 0-0, which added yet another clean sheet for Koscielny.

“He has done amazing this season. I don’t understand why a lot of criticism was there in the first season. The first week I saw him you could tell he was a great player and now it is all coming out in his second season. I am really happy for him. In the last couple of months we have played together a lot of times and I am pleased with that. He is a great player. I think we know each other’s qualities so at the moment it is going well,” Vermaelen told on the official website of Arsenal.