Koscielny on playing in a back three

Laurent Koscielny in action against Middlesbrough

Laurent Koscielny has spent the entirety of his Arsenal career in a back four - so what was it like playing as one of three centre halves against Middlesbrough?

After the match, our captain on the night discussed that and the importance of our victory:

on how big the win was…

It was important to have the three points tonight. We were in a bad situation with a lot of defeats and tonight we needed to come back with our quality. It was not perfect but [we tried with] the [belief] on the pitch, we tried to help our team-mates, fought in the duels and played with the ball. It’s good to come back with a win. It’s good for the confidence. The confidence will come back slowly but it was very important to win tonight.

on playing in a three at the back…

Like Chambo said, for a lot of players it was the first time we played a 3-4-3 and it was very different. But we have experience, we are intelligent. I think the first half it was good, the second half ws more hard because they put pressure in front and with long balls. It was more difficult but we are happy with the result, with the system. We played well with the ball and kept the ball so it’s good.


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