Rio Ferdinand: Laurent Koscielny best defender in the Premier League

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has developed into a top class defender in the Premier League over the years.

The 30-year-old defender was superb during Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League. His impressive performance has caught the eye of former Manchester United defender and club legend Rio Ferdinand, who believes Koscielny is the best defender in the Premier League when he is on form.

“Laurent Koscielny, when he’s on form, he’s the best defender in the league for me,” Ferdinand told BT Sport, via Goal.

“He’s one of those you don’t want to play against – he’s quick, he’s aggressive.”

Koscielny was outstanding against Olympiakos as Arsenal reached the knock stages of the Champions League for the 16th season running. He won 5 ariel duels, made 3 interceptions and 8 clearances during the match, and registered 95% passing accuracy during the match.

There was never any doubt over his talent but what he really added to his game is consistency. With 3.8 interceptions on an average and 1.5 tackles per game in 13 matches in the Premier League, he is arguably one of the best defenders in the league at the moment.

Also commenting on BT Sports, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has ushered heaps of praise on Koscielny’s team-mate Aaron Ramsey saying the Welshman is the best central attacking midfielder in the Premier League.

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