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Wenger on Koscielny and Mertesacker

Arsene Wenger feels that having Laurent Koscielny back alongside Per Mertesacker will make Arsenal more stable in the second half of the season.

The pair impressed at the heart of defence in the Gunners’ 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

"He has a lot of experience together with Per Mertesacker and you could feel that in the game against West Ham"

Koscielny has suffered with Achilles and calf problems this season, and Wenger is delighted by the 29-year-old’s return to action.

“His individual quality is huge, he is a top-class defender,” the manager said. “On top of that he has a lot of experience together with Per Mertesacker and you could feel that in the game against West Ham.

“They understand each other well, they understand each other’s movements and they cover each other very well.

“You judge a defence more as a back four. We want to show have big targets in front of us now and that our back four can deal with the problems we have.

“In some games we were a bit exposed because we had a lack of experience.”

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