London - Arsenal are capable of achieving great things this
season, defender Laurent Koscielny has said, adding that the squad is reaping
the benefits of manager Arsene Wenger's rotation policy.
The Gunners are on a fine run, having won their last four
Premier League games, which has seen them rise to second in the table after 10
games, behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference.
Koscielny, who scored his first goal of the season in
Saturday's 2-1 win over Everton, has been part of the defence that has just
conceded eight league goals so far, the joint-lowest in the league.
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"I don't know if this is the best Arsenal team I have
ever played for but collectively you can tell that we are capable to do great
things together," Koscielny told the club's website (www.arsenal.com).
"We need to keep that team spirit and this desire and
motivation. Let's keep it this way until the end of the season.
"We know each other's qualities and we know the
philosophy of the team. A season is long. So we appreciate having everybody
ready to come in. We benefit from the coach's rotation," the 30-year-old
Wenger has confirmed goalkeeper Petr Cech will be involved
in Tuesday's League Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday, after David Ospina was
ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Wenger is known to use the League Cup as a platform to give
youngsters in the squad a taste of first-team action, however, he has opted
against handing 21-year-old Matt Macey his first appearance for the senior
"Ospina is still out too, so Cech will certainly
play," Wenger said.
Winger Joel Campbell has struggled to break into the first
team this season and Wenger hopes the Costa Rica international will prove he
has the quality to play for the Gunners on a regular basis.
"I like Joel Campbell very much for two reasons. One is
that he has outstanding individual quality, but he is also a team player. He
works very hard for the team," Wenger said.
"I'm convinced he will get a chance here and that he
will take it. He has another opportunity against Sheffield Wednesday and I'm
hopeful that he will show that he has the quality to play for Arsenal.
"When you get the chance, you have to be ready. To be
ready, you have to prepare," the club's longest serving manager added.For
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