Former France international, Christophe Dugarry, had high praise for Laurent Koscielny recently.
Speaking to SFR Sport, Dugarry not only praised Laurent Koscielny’s robust style of play but also his leadership on the pitch.
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“He’s at the summit of his career, whether it be with France or Arsenal,” he said.
“He’s the real boss, the leader of this team. He likes to defend, he’s aggressive. He’s always dangerous from set-pieces.”
Kos is our captain until Per Mertesacker returns from his lengthy stint on the sidelines and although I think he’s currently our best choice, other than Petr Cech who’s been at the club five minutes, he doesn’t strike me as your usual football captain.
The Frenchman himself even did an interview with L’Equipe in which he admitted that he’s not the type of skipper to bark instructions at his teammates. Instead, he’d rather lead by example by being professional.
“I do not mouth off, that is for sure,” he said.
“I am not a great orator, I do not like long speeches. It is not in my nature. But, for me, that is not the role of the captain. The captain, is a player who must act as an example on the pitch, who needs to bring his teammates onto the right path to win. I try to do what I know to do the best that I can.
“Fight on the pitch. Win my duels. Have a good game. Show my teammates that they can count on me. It is my performances and my qualities on the pitch that show my leadership.”
It’s an interesting strategy but everything seems to be running smoothly at the moment.
Kos has started in all but two of Arsenal’s matches so far this season: the opening game and our EFL Cup clash against Nottingham Forest. He’s a consistent figure in our first team and I can understand why Dugarry has such high praise for him.