Laurent Koscielny has done fantastically well to recover from the achilles injury that ended his 2017/18 season but the fact he is still holding Arsenal’s defence together is perhaps a symptom of their defensive decline.
That defensive malaise manifests itself away from home more often than not and the Gunners poor road form continued last night with a 3-1 defeat against Wolves.
The Old Gold burst through Unai Emery’s team in a frantic first half flurry and left Arsenal on the back foot in the race for the top four and qualification for next season’s Champions League.
But Koscielny’s frailties were exposed in the Midlands last night, understandable as they are, prompting some Arsenal fans to go on Twitter to point out that he is past his best and should not be relied upon any more.
Koscielny earns £90,000 per week, according to Spotrac, and while he may be a reliable backup option, Arsenal really need to find a new commanding central defender who can take on the mantle of organising a defence that is in desperate need of it.
We’ve put together the best of the passionate reaction to that defeat aimed at Koscielny, who had an off night…
Weird that I’m yet to see any hate on here for Ozil, Koscielny etc who all played worse yesterday than Mustafi did against Palace 🤔
— 🤔 (@whatgap) April 25, 2019
Get rid of
— Greg (@GB_AFC_WGC) April 25, 2019
players that we can't afford to use next season
— x1ö (@pressingmf) April 25, 2019
Too much deadwood: Koscielny and Monreal too old Ozil and Mkhitaryan too lightweight for the Prem Iwobi Xhaka Mustafi Kolasinac Elneny are just not good enough. With the exception of Mustafi and Elneny i bet the rest are still at Arsenal next season.Shameful
— JohnBonham (@MarvinGaye71) April 25, 2019
We’ve seen some atrocious backlines in the Emirates Era, but a washed up right back, a centre midfielder, and a Koscielny who is just returning from significant injury may be the worst.
— Luke (@6thManLuWill) April 25, 2019
I am very critical of Koscielny tbh, two important games he featured in we conceded 6goals, no organization, no leadership,
I don't think he is the captain to take us to the next level tbf
— Silenceisntalwaysgolden (@irayanshak) April 25, 2019
Would bin so many players from our current team it's not even funny at this point.
Cech, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Elneny, Mkhitaryan and Suarez are all utter dog shit.
Koscielny and Monreal are both 33.
Özil is finished, sadly.
— JT (@NachoDonreal) April 24, 2019
Invest money like you lot want your owners to do now? Mustafi out, Xhaka out, Koscielny out…and you want to bring in Koulibaly and all these players? You earning those players or buying them?
— Shiv (@SharpLikeAShiv) April 24, 2019