Arsenal fans have had to endure a turbulent start to the new Premier League season, with Unai Emery’s side struggling to find consistency.
The Gunners lost their opening two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea, then grinding out victories over West Ham and Cardiff prior to the international break – with Emery’s men yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
Conceding eight goals in four games, only Huddersfield Town, West Ham, Fulham and Burnley have a worse defensive record this season and many have been left unconvinced by the performances of Shkodran Mustafi and summer signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
However, the reality is that Arsenal have limited options in their defence with Calum Chambers on loan at Fulham and Laurent Koscielny facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with fans making it clear they want the latter to return swiftly.
Responding to a message from the club’s official Twitter account celebrating Koscielny’s 33rd birthday, Arsenal fans responded in a number of ways. We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Waiting for you to come back 🙌🏽
— Ahmar (@ahmarAFC) September 10, 2018
Happy birthday Lolo! Come back stronger
— anichejohn ⚽️ (@anz_john) September 10, 2018
Happy birthday our captain. Come back quicker and stronger
— emmanuel (@emmaidoo2) September 10, 2018
Happy Birthday @6_LKOSCIELNY. Can’t wait to see you back in the game!!
— I❤️Özil (@nicky_j) September 10, 2018
Happy birthday Lolo…need u back on that pitch
— Ernest W Makansin (@EMakansin) September 10, 2018
Easily the Best defender we had since the invincibles
— Gooner Vakarian (@gooner_fahad) September 10, 2018
Tbf he’s probably still better than Sokratis and Mustafi combined even while injured! pic.twitter.com/85v2kxND3S
— Miscellaneous_Maestro (@Misc_Maestro) September 10, 2018