Koscielny: We’re Gunner go far

The 26-year-old defender has missed one match so far this season
for the Gunners, who have endured a tumultuous start to the
campaign. The 8-2 mauling at Manchester United was undoubtedly
Arsenal’s low point but Koscielny believes the side are capable of
impressing in European football’s elite competition, especially if
they keep the back line tight. “It is very important to defend
together,” he said of Tuesday night’s match against Borussia
Dortmund. “We have the quality. “It is in our head to perform. We
have intelligent players and we put the effort in on the pitch. “We
have new players who have arrived at the club, and it is important
for us that they can provide some creativity technically in
midfield. “I think we can do something in this competition.”
Koscielny is likely to start at the heart of defence alongside new
signing Per Mertesacker. The Germany international was signed on
deadline day from Werder Bremen and the Koscielny believes he adds
another dimension to Arsenal’s defence. “He is a very good defender
with a lot of experience,” he said. “He is a German international,
and is really important for us on the pitch. “He is tall, which is
good for our physical side. He will help me on the pitch with
defensive corners. “With Thomas [Vermaelen] it is very different.
We must defend very well, and make a clean sheet more possible.”
Mertesacker comes up Tuesday night against former foes Dortmund,
who Arsenal last played in the 2002/03 season. Current Dortmund
skipper Sebastian Kehl played in the club’s home Champions League
victory nine years ago and is set to start again at Signal Iduna
Park. Dortmund head into the match on the back of a 2-1 defeat by
Hertha Berlin that ended an 18-game unbeaten run at home, but Kehl
hopes for better this evening. “We analysed the match we had on
Sunday but we worked very hard,” he said. “It is a great thing to
play a team like Arsenal and I hope we will show a better
performance than the one we showed on Saturday.”