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.”