Arsene Wenger: 'Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny at their peak'

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny celebrates scoring the opening goal against Newcastle on May 19, 2013
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hails the composure and quality of his centre-back pairing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared that Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny had their best game as a central defensive partnership against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.

Mertesacker and Koscielny kept a clean sheet to help the Gunners secure a famous 1-0 win at Dortmund, with Aaron Ramsey's goal enough to settle a tight Champions League tie.

Wenger believes that his defensive duo have shown that their understanding has reached its peak in the last two matches, keeping Dortmund and Liverpool at bay with a "huge contribution" in both games.

When asked if a spirited display in Dortmund was the pair's best together for the club, Wenger said: "Yes, it was. We have had two clean sheets now in two big games and you never do that without a huge contribution from your centre-backs.

"It's a mixture of quality but as well a calm confidence with no panic in very heated situations.

"These two are at their peak in these kinds of situations."

Koscielny and Mertesacker face another stern test of their defensive steel this weekend, when Arsenal face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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