Arsenal defender Koscielny happy with Mertesacker partnership

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is convinced his partnership with Per Mertesacker is steadily improving.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is convinced his partnership with Per Mertesacker is steadily improving.

Koscielny says he is ­confident ­going into ­battle for the Gunners alongside his big German team-mate.

Koscielny, who lines up for Arsenal against ­Japan’s Nagoya Grampus tomorrow as part of the club’s tour of Asia, said: “I am happy with our ­partnership.

“We talk a lot and ­communicate well, which is is very important for ­centre-backs.

“That’s an aspect we have improved upon a lot as a team – we’re all ­talking more and it’s working better for us.

“I think the experience of last season can help me in the coming years.

“I feel more confident and sense that I have more authority on the pitch these days. It’s a good sign for the ­future.”

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