Information emerging online tonight has confirmed that Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny saw out his side’s victory over Manchester United with a gruesome injury problem.
Arsenal vs Man United
The Gunners welcomed United to the Emirates earlier this evening, for a high-profile Premier League showdown.
The two sides were separated by just a solitary point ahead of kick-off, as the race for a spot in the English top-flight’s top-4 continues to heat up.
Arsenal come out on top
And, when all was said and done in North London, it was Arsenal who emerged victorious, in the process leapfrogging United, and moving to within a point of 3rd-place Spurs in the Premier League table.
Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did the damage for the capital giants, en route to a 2-0 win.
Xhaka opened the game’s scoring inside the opening quarter of an hour, wrong-footing David De Gea with a swerving drive from 20 yards.
And Aubameyang secured all 3 points for Arsenal 20 minutes from time, slotting home from the penalty spot after Jon Moss adjudged Fred to have felled Alexandre Lacazette in the United box.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2019
Koscielny battles through
While it was Xhaka and Aubameyang who did the damage on the attacking end for the Gunners, equally as crucial to their victory were the second-half performances of the club’s backline (and goalkeeper).
Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac and Bernd Leno all performed superbly to see out Arsenal’s win, with information emerging online this evening having confirmed that Gunners’ captain Koscielny played through much of the second-half with a nasty injury:
Club officials say Koscielny played with a three-inch gash in his leg for the final part of the game, which got clamped together on the pitch when he was down for treatment.
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) March 10, 2019
Just a quick Koscielny appreciation post. He faced a career threatening injury & subsequently missed the France’s triumph at the World Cup. Many fans, myself included, wondered whether he’d ever feature again. Yet, here he is. A true warrior who I’m proud to call my captain.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) March 10, 2019