After Arsene Wenger rotated his side heavily for the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, and paid the price, Laurent Koscielny has been praising squad rotation and believes that it benefits everyone in the squad.
Kos played no part in Tuesday night’s shambles but should come straight back into the squad for the game against Swansea this weekend.
Speaking to the official Arsenal site, Kos said
“We know each other’s qualities and we know the philosophy of the team.
“A season is long. We saw it last year with a few injuries.
“So we appreciate having everybody ready to come in. We benefit from the coach’s rotation.
“Everybody brings his contribution. It’s important to have that.
“I don’t know if this is the best Arsenal team I have ever played for but collectively you can tell that we are capable to do great things together.
“We need to keep that team spirit and this desire and motivation.
“We like having the ball but there are times in games where we are on the back foot and that’s when we need to make the efforts for the team and for our team-mates. We did it against Bayern and [against Everton] in the second half.
“Let’s keep it this way until the end of the season.”
At present, defence is the only position Arsenal can really rotate given the injuries they have to midfielders and forwards.
…I said ‘at present’.