Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he took a huge risk fielding Laurent Koscielny against Leicester on Saturday, as the French defender was carrying a back injury.
Wenger revealed Koscielny pulled up with a back injury in training prior to the fixture between last season’s top two sides in the Premier League.
Nevertheless, Koscielny captained Arsenal and played his first game for his side this season after his exploits with France at June’s European Championships. Koscielny was pivotal for the Gunners as he managed to keep The Foxes‘ striker Jamie Vardy quiet in the encounter, which saw Arsenal come out with a draw from the King Power stadium.
Wenger lauded his country man’s performance in the game, whilst also revealing that he had little choice but to field Koscielny despite nursing a back problem before the game.
“We look a different team straight away and he gave us stability against a team that attacks very well”, Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“I think he was very important. I saw that we were a bit too young [in defence] and I have no real solution at central defence at the moment. In fairness he had a big back problem yesterday when he came out of the training.
“We came with 19 players and this morning we decided that he could play and I think it saved us this point.”
Despite Koscielny’s injury, the experienced centre-half was brilliant on his return to action, as his well-time tackle and anticipation saw him win the Man of the Match award against Leicester.