Laurent Koscielny says he relied purely on instinct to equalise against Hull City in last season’s FA Cup final.
Arsenal were trailing 2-1 with 18 minutes remaining at Wembley when the France international reacted quickly to bundle the ball over the line from a Santi Cazorla corner.
Koscielny says the goal is a direct result of learning how important it is to “sense a situation” from attacking set-pieces.
"I smelled that I could get the ball, so I just turned near the six-yard box and I waited"
“I smelled that I could get the ball, so I just turned near the six-yard box and I waited,” he told the official matchday programme. “The ball came, and I turned and kicked it towards goal.
“I’ve scored a few like that, not just headers like most defenders score. I got one at Newcastle a couple of seasons ago, and also a few at my old clubs Tours and Lorient.
“On free-kicks and corners you need to react. It's about sensing a situation like a striker. Sometimes you train to make this run or that run, but when you are there you might feel the run isn't great and then suddenly the ball is with you.”
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