‘They understand each other’s games’

Arsenal fans have been hugely impressed by the ‘Kostafi’ defensive axis this season - and they’re not the only ones.

Standing behind Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi each game, Petr Cech is uniquely placed to assess their flourishing partnership at the heart of the defence.

“We found a quick understanding when Shkodran came into the team,” the goalkeeper said. “When he played against Southampton in his first game, you get to know the player and his habits, how he plays the game.

“Him and Laurent are very intelligent players and have found a way to play together very quickly and you can see that experience.

“They are similar types of players, although they play a different way, but they understand exactly what the other’s game is and they complement each other very well.”


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