Laurent Koscielny said he”started a new chapter” in his career after returning from injury in Arsenal’s easy Europa League triumph over Qarabag.

Captain Koscielny, 3 3, had not played rupturing his Achilles in might’s semi final defeat by Atletico Madrid.

“It had been very important for me now,” the French centre-back said.

“It is difficult being out injured. This had been the first injury of my career and I had to take a time outside, however, you learn much on your own and iam very happy. I’m focused emotionally, and I can grin and revel in the remainder of the season.”

Alexandre Lacazette scored the sole aim of a match that was tame with a sleek 16th-minute winner from the pass of Mesut Ozil.

The champions of victory Azerbaijan extends Arsenal’s unbeaten run to a game. It is their greatest run without any defeat in all competitions since a stretch that ended in November 2007.

Koscielny made one handle and 2 clearancesending with a 100% pass success rate if he had been substituted in the 72nd minute.

“It had been very important to keep our unbeaten run going for the confidence now we take up a big challenge ahead of Christmas. Today we played many younger players and so they showed a lot of dedication and determination in their tasks,” he told BT Sport.

“For me personally you will need to savor the game with my team mates, also it did not matter about the result, it had been only about being on the pitch along with my pals.

“This had been my very last day of rehab, so now I take up a fresh chapter in my career.”

‘Maybe he will play Sunday’

Koscielny had featured for Arsenal ‘s under-23s in his own road to recovery, in the Checktrade Trophy in a 2-1 defeat by Portsmouth December.

Arsenal next play in the Premier League away to Southampton in a 13:30 GMT kick-off on Sunday.

Gunners manager Emery said Koscielny could”maybe” feature.

“Today was just another step for him personally,” he said.

“We need to find out tomorrow and Saturday just how he is going to feel after this particular match. It can provide the gamer different moments, when a player comes home after a big injury, an extremely major injury.

“I believe for Koscielny it’s good he’s recovered and I think he recovered in an good time. Every supporter of Arsenal is happy, and additionally the player.”


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