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LAURENT KOSCIELNY admits new Arsenal boss Unai Emery has given the club a blast of ‘fresh air’ after things had gone stale under Arsene Wenger.
Koscielny, only just back from injury, has praised the inspirational coach for turning around the club’s fortunes in such quick fashion.
They travel to bottom of the table Southampton on Sunday, only six games from equalling the club’s best-ever unbeaten run, achieved by Arsene Wenger’s class of 2007.
Koscielny made his long-awaited return in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Qarabag FK. An impressive 60 minutes means he is in contention for St Mary’s.
While beating his injury hell has put a huge smile on the 33-year-old’s face, so has Arsenal becoming a genuine force again under Emery.
Skipper Koscielny declared: “The manager and his style is fresh air for the club. He came here and knew the football he wanted to play.
He tries to give all the ingredients for the players to learn about his tactics and how he wants to play.
“I’ve been running since the end of August and was near the team during training. I watched it all.
“We have progressed a lot in each part of our football. It’s good and very interesting.”
Injury robbed Koscielny of World Cup glory with France and left him in a dark and lonely place.
“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he explained.
“For me, it was very important to stay in my bubble and be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker.
“You have good moments but also bad ones. Some days you can’t progress in the way you wish. This is difficult but you have friends and family around to keep your head up.”