Arsenal supporters have taken to Twitter in numbers this evening to react to the news that Laurent Koscielny has returned to the club’s starting line-up for their clash with Qarabag.
Koscielny, 33, has been on the books of Arsenal for 8 years now, having made the move to the Emirates from Ligue 1 outfit Lorient in 2010.
And the stopper has since gone on to establish himself as an absolute mainstay in the Gunners’ backline, racking up over 300 appearances for the capital giants, as well as notching an impressive 24 goals.
However, Koscielny has not featured for Arsenal since the beginning of May, when a Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid saw the Guingamp youth product rupture the achilles tendon in his ankle.
The Frenchman subsequently went on to heartbreakingly miss his country’s World Cup triumph in Russia this summer. And Koscielny is also yet to feature at club level thus far this season.
Arsenal vs Qarabag
Arsenal welcome Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag to the Emirates tonight, in the Gunners’ final Europa League group stage outing of the campaign.
As such, with the North Londoners having already secured their place in the competition’s knockout stage, Unai Emery has made use of tonight’s matchup as a chance to hand game-time to some of his side’s lesser-utilised players.
And one of those set to feature from the off tonight is none other than Laurent Koscielny:
🚨 LAURENT KOSCIELNY STARTS 🚨
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 13, 2018
‘Only thing that matters’
Unsurprisingly, Koscielny’s return to their side’s starting XI for the first time in 225 days has since seen Arsenal’s fans flood to social media to welcome the Frenchman back, with many having also expressed their excitement at the prospect of a Koscielny-Sokratis central-defensive partnership:
Welcome back Captain Koscielny pic.twitter.com/quLjgXjYpn
— ARSENAL (@tomgunner14) December 13, 2018
Ain’t nobody like Koscielny ❤️🔴⚪️ https://t.co/ZsHqpRyODy
— Neil Dennison (@NeilDenAFC) December 13, 2018
Citando a Chaka Khan:
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way
— Sebastián Reyes M.🐿 (@Sciuridae) December 13, 2018
So good to see Laurent Koscielny back in the mix!! #AFC
— Bayley (@Bayley_027) December 13, 2018
Sokratis and Koscielny is one partnership I’ve been looking forward to https://t.co/WOBfRYvZlZ
— Brian (@BrianOL95) December 13, 2018
Koscielny is back, that’s the only thing that matters.
— Shadi Awada (@Shadiafc14) December 13, 2018
It’ll be great to see Koscielny back playing for The Arsenal again. A player universally admired and respected by the fan base and rightfully so.
— Visit Rwanda (@chrismogaku) December 13, 2018
So good seeing Koscielny back
— ً (@NxthanielA1) December 13, 2018
We’ll get to see the sokratis-koscielny pairing tonight it will be interesting to see how they get on also don’t understand why we’re risking lacazette when we’re short on strikers but I trust unai
— arsenal lady (@arsenal_25) December 13, 2018