“Finished”, “Needs to be binned” – These fans savage Arsenal player after Saints loss

By on December 17, 2018

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Some Arsenal fans have torn in to Laurent Koscielny after his disappointing performance during our 3-2 defeat to Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

Koscielny has only recently returned to action following over seven months on the sidelines with a ruptured Achilles that he suffered during our Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid last season.

The 33-year-old was initially eased back in to action after playing for the youth sides before making his first team comeback with a 70 minute run-out against Qarabag in the Europa League last Thursday.

With Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi suspended and Rob Holding injured, Unai Emery was forced to start Kos in a make-shift back-three alongside Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka against Southampton on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the Frenchman was badly off the pace as he was at fault for the opening goal as he bizarrely tried to clear a high cross with his foot instead of his head which allowed Danny Ings to head past Bernd Leno.

Koscielny was then caught out for Ings’ second goal before his poor marking led to Leno coming way off his line and failing to collect a cross that resulted in Southampton’s late winner.

Plenty of Arsenal players were below par yesterday but it was a horror-show from Koscielny on his Premier League return and many fans have taken to social media to savage the centre-back.

Some claim he’s ‘finished’ and needs to be ‘binned’ while others suggest it’s time he retired. One support even says Arsenal should break the bank to sign Matjis de Ligt as his long-term replacement.

The criticism of Koscielny is a little over the top as he’s been a great servant for the club but I think it’s fair to say he’s unlikely to ever get back to his best form at his age after such a serious injury.

However, I do think being forced to play him twice in four days was a lot to ask and hopefully Koscielny’s form improves over the coming games once he improves his match fitness. Plus, he was never going to come straight back in and hit the ground running after seven months out and it’s no surprise we were poor in defence with a back three of Koscielny, Lichtsteiner and Xhaka!

Here is what some fans have been saying:

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