Arsenal round-up: Laurent Koscielny admits friends told him they would have hit Diego Costa

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Arsenal fans, hello and welcome.

It’s the end of the working week, which usually means that at least half of your brain has shut itself down in preparation for the weekend.

We implore you to open up as much of it as possible to ingest the major news from today. Watch the video above for the major headlines and read on below for more.

Koscielny on Costa

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny showed great temperament to deal with Diego Costa during the Gunners’ loss to Chelsea in September, but things might well have played out differently.

The French defender appeared to be slapped by Costa in the match and admitted that friends have since told him they had no idea how he kept his cool.

Here's the incident in question:

To quote, Koscielny was told he should have hit the Spain international. Since Arsenal ended that game with nine men anyway, it’s probably a good thing that he refrained.

“At the time, when he gives me a slap on the face, I don’t pay attention,” Koscielny said.

“We’re in a defensive situation and I continue to play. After he pushes me, I fall and get up because I’m not the type of player who drops down like that.

“Sure, I could have had a reaction, but I managed to keep my nerves.

“He wants to blow a defender’s fuse but you have to stay calm.

“I received a lot of messages telling me: ‘Well done, because I, I would have hit him.’

“You know, it’s five years that I’ve been at Arsenal, I have over two hundred matches with my team, some very important, I played a World Cup, the Euros. All this experience helps my serenity and allows me to not be overwhelmed by the emotions of an encounter.”


Oxlade-Chamberlain update

In other news, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has looked to update fans on his injury issues, posting a picture to Instagram confirming that his rehab is going well.

The midfielder said he was looking forward to being back on the pitch soon - the international break should give him more time to recover.

Here are some of his best bits:

Ozil's improvement

Last but not least, Mesut Ozil has offered an insight into what he believes is behind his current vein of great form, suggesting that hours spent undertaking extra shooting practise are paying dividends.

The Germany international is living up to his billing as an assist master this term, but he’s also contributed strikes himself.

He told how he has been rehearsing drills after training in an effort to improve his goal ratio. It’s his aim to find the back of the net more this year than in recent campaigns.


Fan reaction has certainly been more positive of late:

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