Does Koscielny’s Comment Mean He Prefers Paulista Over Mertesacker?

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has hailed the performance of fellow centre back Gabriel Paulista, according to London24.

The defensive duo are set to be at the heart of the defense when the Gunners face Leicester City on Sunday. Gabriel have started the Gunner’s last three games ahead of Metersacker who was suspended after the game against Chelsea.

Gabriel has done a decent job and has looked solid to some extent and his counterpart couldn’t help but praise the Brazilian’s effort.

“You know Gabby, he is a very good player,” he explained.

“He likes his duels and he can play with the ball and passes.

He played very well but the whole back four played well because we stayed together.

“Sometimes in your game you have a difficult situation but. we stayed focused on our job.”

The defender also reflected on the Gunner’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend and hopes the win can propel them into a run of good games that will see them lift the Barclays Premier League title at the end of the season.

“It was important to win because we needed to stay high up the table with Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester City,” he said.

“We didn’t play well during January and we didn’t win a lot of points.

“We needed to start a good run with this game and we stayed strong at the back, and scored two goals with our first two opportunities.

“We had three games without scoring so it was important for our players.”

Arsenal currently sit third on the Premier League table, five points behind Leicester City.

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