Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny suffered an Achilles tendon injury that kept him off the pitch for seven months.
With Arsenal already through to the last 32 of the Europa League, Gunners boss Unai Emery fielded younger players alongside Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, both coming off injuries. Koscielny spoke with BT Sport after the match and expressed his joy of being back, saying his season “starts now.”
“It has been difficult,” Koscielny told BT Sport, according to Goal. “I had difficult moments, it was my first big injury.
“I took a long time away from the pitch and it’s difficult but you learn a lot about yourself and the people around you and I’m very happy and calm with myself and more strong.
“For a footballer to miss the pitch is difficult but now it’s the end of that and I am smiling.
“I start my season now.”
Arsenal plays at Southampton this Sunday and Koscielny will hope to see more minutes in that Premier League match.