Mertesacker stunned by success of Koscielny partnership

The Gunners have not lost a Premier League match the pair have both finished since January 2012, winning 23 of the 32 games they have played in that time

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admits he is in disbelief over the unbeaten streak that he and Laurent Koscielny have helped to create.

Arsene Wenger's side have not lost a Premier League match since January 2012 when the pair have both finished a game, with the defensive duo notching up 23 wins in 32 outings in that time.

The Germany international believes it is an incredible statistic, one that proves how well the two work together. 

"It [the statistic] sounds not real to me," Mertesacker told the club's official website. 

"When I first heard it, it sounded very weird. It's a good statistic but we have to build on that.

"I think we have shown a lot of people who criticised us a lot over the last two and a half years that we know each other much better now.

"We complement each other well, so it looks like that's a good partnership.

"I've played with many good centre backs with different qualities.

"But Laurent, he's one of the quickest players I've ever played with, one of the most mobile players, and he anticipates well a lot of balls so he has real strengths to be a good partner.

"For me it's easy to play alongside him. We both take advantages from each other so that is the main key I think."