How Laurent Koscielny helped Arsenal beat Tottenham

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Unai Emery took charge of his first North London derby earlier this month.

The game started off well for Arsenal as Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang made it 1-0 from the penalty spot inside 10 minutes.

Tottenham would, however, take a 2-1 lead thanks to two quick-fire goals from Harry Kane and Eric Dier in the 30th and 34th minute.

However, a much more resilient Arsenal side would fight back in the second half.

Aubameyang drew Arsenal level in the 56th minute with his second of the game.

Alexander Lacazette and Lucas Torreira would then make it 4-2 to Arsenal and that is how the game would finish.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

How Koscielny inspired Arsenal

Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno has since revealed how Laurent Koscielny helped inspire Arsenal’s win over Spurs.

Koscielny has not featured for Arsenal this season due to injury.


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However, that has not stopped the 33-year-old having a positive impact on Arsenal this season.

According to the Evening Standard, Koscielny has been travelling with Arsenal to recent away games for support.

Also, according to Leno, Koscielny gave an inspiring speech before Arsenal’s win over Tottenham:

“Of course, it is difficult for me to compare before [Koscielny’s injury] because I was not here, but in training you see how he is talking to other players.

“Before [playing] Tottenham, he was not in the squad but five minutes before the game he said many, many good things about the history of the game, how important it is for the fans, the club, every player, so he is the perfect captain for us.”

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