By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger insists there is more to come from Laurent Koscielny following his “immense” performance against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
The French defender has taken responsibility as Arsenal’s defensive leader in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen and turned in a near-faultless display to help his side to a battling draw in Germany on Tuesday.
After quickly becoming the Club’s first-choice centre back and making 43 appearances last term, it is all too easy to forget that Koscielny is only embarking on his second season in the Premier League.
His growing maturity has been evident since his move from Lorient last summer and Wenger believes Koscielny has all the makings of an outstanding central defender.
“The fact that he has such a short experience at the top level makes his improvement potential bigger,” the manager told Arsenal.com. “I believe he will be a great central defender.
“I have always thought there is a massive potential in this player. That is why he has already grown this season and I felt in the last 20 minutes he was immense against Dortmund.
“He keeps things simple, he is quick and he reads [the game] well. Like every central defender who comes to England, he was surprised by the intensity of the game but he has adjusted now and adapted.”
The full interview with Wenger is now available. He discusses: the team's search for confidence, Laurent Koscielny's encouraging form, a new system for set-pieces, confidence in his transfer window captures and Blackburn's start to the season.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Sep 2011