Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed that communication has helped himself and Per Mertesacker become a solid unit as a centre-back partnership for the Gunners.

The two have been in superb form over the last eight games or so and they have been able to keep four clean sheets in the last six games in which they have appeared together at the back.

The two combined for Arsenal's winner against Fulham at the weekend as Koscielny's header was then converted by Per Mertesacker, so it shows they can work together up front as well as in defence.

The two were under a lot of pressure during the side's game against Everton midweek and then were bombarded with pressure in the final stages against Fulham, but they held strong on both occasions and Koscielny has revealed that communication is the key to success for the duo.

Koscielny told reporters: “We play well together as a pair. We communicate on the pitch and we communicate well.

“His experience is vital and that helps us work together. 

"We try and talk to each other a lot and it is important at the back to have an understanding.

“Per is a very good player. He reads the game well and he is clever. "He attacks the ball and wins headers whereas I go behind, can be quick and cope with the long balls. 

"He is good technically so he is good for the defence. Per is calm on the pitch and he uses his experience. This helps me and helps the team.”

Koscielny has also revealed that getting selected over the club-captain Thomas Vermaelen is a great compliment and believes the two will do everything they can to achieve a top-four finish.

Koscielny finished by saying: “We are a squad and the manager chooses the team.

“We need the results and to get the best performances to make sure we are in the top four. Now it is me and Per but we must do whatever is right for the team.”

 

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