Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has hailed the club’s fans for playing such a huge part in their late surge for second place this season, the Daily Star reports.
The Frenchman believes that the Gunners faithful inspire the players to get themselves out of sticky situations during difficult games.
“During the season you can’t play well every time, every game over 90 minutes,” he said.
“Sometimes you are tired or your opponent is better than you, so I know that it’s very important [for the fans] to be behind us because they can help the team.”
The Emirates often comes under attack from visiting and neutral fans for sometimes being too quiet, but he doesnt think that’s the case as he also credits the singing and chanting from the stands brings the best out of him and his teammates of a match day.
“When you have fans who sing in the 20 minutes that you know you are in difficult situations, it’s good to hear and it helps you to give more.
“It helps you do the defensive things to help your team-mates. It’s important – the fans are a big part [of success] for us and the final result.”
The 29-year-old has featured 35 times for the Gunners in all competitions this season, scoring three goals in the process.