Arsenal boss must make “difficult decision” over centre back selection

06:55 24 September 2012

Laurent Koscielnty celebrates with Santi Cazorla after scoring Arsenal

Laurent Koscielnty celebrates with Santi Cazorla after scoring Arsenal's equaliser. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsene Wenger admits he faces a selection headache after goal hero Laurent Koscielny’s impressive showing in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in action against Southampton. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS SportArsenal's Per Mertesacker in action against Southampton. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Koscielny was a surprise starter at the Etihad after Thomas Vermaelen was ruled out with flu.

Thomas Vermaelen has taken the captain's armband from the departed Robin van Persie. Photo: Jon Buckle/PAThomas Vermaelen has taken the captain's armband from the departed Robin van Persie. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA

The 27-year-old rounded off a solid performance next to defensive partner Per Mertesacker by scoring the Gunners’ equaliser eight minutes from time.

It was Koscielny’s first start of the season and Arsenal boss Wenger was impressed by what he saw.

“Koscielny had a great game and stepped in very well,” said Wenger.

Arsenal conceded just one goal in their opening four Premier League matches with Mertesacker and Vermaelen paired together at the back.

But Wenger says he will look to rotate the trio as the season progresses.

“For me, we have three classy centre backs,” he said.

“It’s a very difficult choice.

“I will rotate them depending on the strikers we play against.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Kendra Wilkinson’s second trial in as many days didn’t go completely to plan.

Read more

Could Jake and Edwina be forming an unlikely romance? Or is there someone else after his heart…

Read more

It doesn’t get much more festive than posing with Santa and a dude in a reindeer costume.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more
Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News