Laurent Koscielny

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It will be tough – but Arsenal must play better at West Ham to keep the fans onside

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Arsenal were still considered possible title challengers before we visited the Hammers in the League, and when we raced into a 2-0 lead everything was looking good. Then along came Andy Carrol who made our defence look amateur with three goals to put West Ham in the lead. Luckily Laurent Koscielny popped up with an [.

Arsenal close to sealing agreement for top class defender; Deal could be done before Wednesday

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Arsenal are busy tying down their best players to long-term contracts at the club and the latest name linked with an extension is that of Laurent Koscielny.

The 31-year-old French international is apparently close to signing a new four-year contract at Emirates and the deal could be finalised before Arsenal’s Champions League clash against PSG next week.

Laurent Koscielny to sign new deal with Arsenal

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Arsenal defender and French international, Laurent Koscielny is set to sign a new...

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No Baked Spuds – A Point Gained or Two Lost?

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15th of June – fixtures for the new season released and I scroll down the list looking for the Arsenal v Tottenham game.

6th November, yuk, 5 more months to go, but never mind, it will be worth it. Or will it?

Yep, sad old me was really looking forward to that game. Both teams were in good form, both have strong attacking abilities, mutual hatred going back 103 years and counting, it was going to be a game to remember.

Mustafi strengthens Gunners’ case for the defence

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger has credited Shkodran Mustafi with giving Arsenal the defensive steel that has helped the Gunners share the lead at the head of the Premier League table going into Saturday's match with struggling Sunderland.

Wenger's side will head to the Stadium of Light level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool and unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions since the opening day of the season.

Arsenal count lucky stars after ‘fortunate’ win

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal were lucky to come away with a narrow 1-0 victory over Burnley after a disputed injury-time winner took them within two points of the Premier League summit.

Burnley were left frustrated after defender Laurent Koscielny scored from a corner deep into stoppage time, as the ball rebounded off his hand and over the line.

Arsenal count lucky stars after ‘fortunate’ win

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal were lucky to come away with a narrow 1-0 victory over Burnley after a disputed injury-time winner took them within two points of the Premier League summit.

Burnley were left frustrated after defender Laurent Koscielny scored from a corner deep into stoppage time, as the ball rebounded off his hand and over the line.

Arsenal: Shkodran Mustafi Gets Intimate With Ref As Gunners Leave It Late Against Burnley (Video)

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Arsenal needed a late and rather dodgy goal to finally break down Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, with captain Laurent Koscielny nudging the ball over the line with his elbow from an offside position.

The game also saw summer-signingShkodran Mustafi once again produce a fine, muscular display at the back as well as getting rather intimate with referee Craig Pawson.

Koscielny’s disputed late winner for Arsenal downs Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) Laurent Koscielny's controversial goal in the third minute of stoppage time enabled Arsene Wengerto celebrate his20th anniversaryas Arsenal manager with a 1-0 win away to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

Burnley looked to have deservedly earned a point until, at a short-corner routine, substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlainsent Theo Walcott's flick towards goal at the far post.

Arsenal dominate the Premier League Team of the Week for Matchday 6

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Another week of Premier League action, another fascinating round of matches. Chelsea’s defensive frailties were on show again in their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, and Liverpool made the most of Ahmed Elmohamady’s red card to beat Hull City 5-1 at Anfield. These are the 11 players who made the biggest impact on matchday six.

PSG v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

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Arsenal are in the French capital of Paris today as they prepare to take on Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League group game. We have had doubts over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny, but Arsene Wenger appeared to reveal that he would be able to feature tonight, which will be a huge boost to [.

So what’s the verdict on Arsenal’s new signings after Saints performance?

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What to think of our new signings? Today Arsenal managed to scrape a 2-1 victory over our Premier League opponents Southampton, in what was a tight affair at the Emirates Stadium. An unlucky own goal from Petr Cech spoiled the starter, before Laurent Koscielny hit back with a superb overhead kick to level things up.

Cazorla’s contested penalty sinks Saints

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London (AFP) Santi's Cazorla's controversial stoppage-time penalty gave Arsenal their first home win of the season as they saw off Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

It was a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow, with Southampton still seeking their first win under new manager Claude Puel.

Koscielny named Arsenal Player of Month – Do you agree?

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Laurent Koscielny has been named the Arsenal Vitality Player of the Month for August, but ishe the stand-out player so far this season? The French defender missed the opening weekend loss to Liverpool, before returning to help our side to deny Leicester City the three points with a strong defensive display.

Arsenal begin contract talks at last

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Arsenal have apparently opened contract talks with a few Gunners' stars this week, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both reportedly being asked to sign on the dotted line. However according to the media, The Gunners have also spoken to central defender Laurent Koscielny about a possible new contract extension.

Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal: Game in 10 Tweets as champions frustrated by referee

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It was a tight, tense 0-0 between Leicester City and Arsenal in Saturday's late kick off. There weren't any goals but there were talking points. Both sides made changes after disappointing opening...

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Euro 2016: Why Laurent Koscielny must prove leadership credentials to France and Arsenal

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by Adam Boufkir The France squad named by Didier Deschamps for the European Championships is brimming with attacking talents capable of winning matches, making the host nation one of the favourites...

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Giroud double helps France sink Scotland in friendly

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud fired another riposte to his critics with a brace as Euro 2016 hosts France brushed aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz on Saturday in their final friendly ahead of the tournament.

The Arsenal centre-forward was booed by a section of the France support prior to last Monday's 3-2 win against Cameroon but he netted in that game and his brace at the Stade Saint-Symphorien was a further indication that he has what it takes to lead an attack deprived of Karim Benzema.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland in friendly

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud fired another riposte to his critics with a brace as Euro 2016 hosts France brushed aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz on Saturday in their final friendly ahead of the tournament.

The Arsenal centre-forward was booed by a section of the France support prior to last Monday's 3-2 win against Cameroon but he netted in that game and his brace at the Stade Saint-Symphorien was a further indication that he has what it takes to lead an attack deprived of Karim Benzema.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud scored twice as France thumped Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France.

Arsenal striker Giroud cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and he added a second on 35 minutes after David Marshall could only parry a crisp low drive from Dimitri Payet.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud scored twice as France thumped Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France.

Arsenal striker Giroud cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and he added a second on 35 minutes after David Marshall could only parry a crisp low drive from Dimitri Payet.

Arsenal knock back approach from Mourinho for key star

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Manchester United have had a bid for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny knocked back, after Jose...

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Deschamps keeping French Euro 2016 expectations high

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps accepted on Wednesday that Raphael Varane's injury is a blow to his side's Euro 2016 hopes, but called on his men to overcome their defensive absences.

The injury to Real Madrid centre-back Varane comes after his first-choice international partner Mamadou Sakho was also ruled out of the tournament following a failed drugs test while playing for club team Liverpool.

Deschamps keeping French Euro 2016 expectations high

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps accepted on Wednesday that Raphael Varane's injury is a blow to his side's Euro 2016 hopes, but called on his men to overcome their defensive absences.

The injury to Real Madrid centre-back Varane comes after his first-choice international partner Mamadou Sakho was also ruled out of the tournament following a failed drugs test while playing for club team Liverpool.

Your choice of first names on the Arsenal team sheet ….. Poll

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We have been underperforming as a team for some time. Few if any of our players could be described as being in top form. The signs against Barcelona were encouraging and we certainly didn't disgrace ourselves – but two of the best performers (Elneny and Iwobi) weren't what you might consider to befirst team regulars yet.

Laurent Koscielny out of Hull game, doubtful for West Brom

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is ruled out of tomorrow's FA Cup fifth round replay at Hull City, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed....

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Arsenal’s lack of leadership is a key weakness in the Gunners right now

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Arsenal's title hopes took a hit on Sunday following the north London club's 3-2 defeat away to Manchester United. During a recent stretch in which the Gunners have misfired in front of goal, it was the Arsenal defense that stumbled at Old Trafford. The massive match against Manchester United was only the third game during Premier League play this season that Arsenal conceded three or more goals.

Arsenal’s lack of leadership is a key weakness in the Gunners right now

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Arsenal's title hopes took a hit on Sunday following the north London club's 3-2 defeat away to Manchester United. During a recent stretch in which the Gunners have misfired in front of goal, it was the Arsenal defense that stumbled at Old Trafford. The massive match against Manchester United was only the third game during Premier League play this season that Arsenal conceded three or more goals.

Laurent Koscielny forced off with dead leg against Leicester

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Arsenal vs Leicester City combined XI – who makes the cut?

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Arsenal vs Leicester City combined XI who makes the cut? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Leicester City will travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in a match that has is one of the most crucial, if not the most, in this season's title challenge. A win for Leicester couldpossibly confirm the title is headed to Ranieri's men, while Arsenal winning this game might mean the race for the top spot continues.

Arsenal will receive big boost when Santi Cazorla returns from injury

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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil are Arsenal's big guns (I'd also probably add Petr Cech as well), there is no denying that. The dynamic offensive duo are major talents and have been brilliant during the current campaign. Alexis has netted 10 total goals on the season, despite missing a chunk of games due to a knee injury and Özil is within shouting distance of breaking former Gunner Thierry Henry's Premier League season assist record.

Arsenal will receive big boost when Santi Cazorla returns from injury

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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil are Arsenal's big guns (I'd also probably add Petr Cech as well), there is no denying that. The dynamic offensive duo are major talents and have been brilliant during the current campaign. Alexis has netted 10 total goals on the season, despite missing a chunk of games due to a knee injury and Özil is within shouting distance of breaking former Gunner Thierry Henry's Premier League season assist record.

Grow up! … Arsenal Don’t Need To Sign Any More Players …

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With the end of the transfer window looming and many supporters calling for Arsene to reinforce the squad with new additions, I thought I'd look atthe age range of Arsenal's current EPL squad including some on loan. Obviously age isn't the prime criterion when assessing a player, but it is the significant indicatorin terms oflongevity and therefore team development.

Laurent Koscielny admits rebuffing move away from Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he has been the subject of interest from other clubs since his move to England but has rejected leaving the north London outfit.The France international, who is one of the more complete center backs in the Premier League, claims that he is more than content with his current club.

Laurent Koscielny admits rebuffing move away from Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he has been the subject of interest from other clubs since his move to England but has rejected leaving the north London outfit.The France international, who is one of the more complete center backs in the Premier League, claims that he is more than content with his current club.

Stade Saint-Symphorien

French team all systems go for Euro 2016

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Metz (France) (AFP) Despite a troubled build-up to Euro 2016 off the field, France showed that they are ready on it by brushing aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz in their last pre-tournament friendly on Saturday.

A brace from Olivier Giroud and a header from his Arsenal colleague Laurent Koscielny, all in the first half, separated the teams at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and France could have won by a far greater margin.

French team all systems go for Euro 2016

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Metz (France) (AFP) Despite a troubled build-up to Euro 2016 off the field, France showed that they are ready on it by brushing aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz in their last pre-tournament friendly on Saturday.

A brace from Olivier Giroud and a header from his Arsenal colleague Laurent Koscielny, all in the first half, separated the teams at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and France could have won by a far greater margin.

The Rest

Mighty Mustafi

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Is it possible to assess the effect of a player upon the future of Arsenal FC after just a few games? Normally No, but every so often a player just ..... fits.

Think back to April 1996. We were playing Sheffield Wednesday (what happened to them?) and losing 1-0 when Ray Parlour got injured.

Former Chelsea stars drive teams to emphatic wins while Liverpool thump the champions

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It was another intriguing round of Premier League football after a fortnight off for the international break. Pep Guardiola beat Jose Mourinho in what was the most highly anticipated game of the weekend, while Watford came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2 at the London Stadium. Below are the 11 players who shone the brightest in the Premier League this weekend.

Pies’ Pick: The 10 Most Impressive Players At Euro 2016

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Whereas UEFA have seen fit to crown Dimitri Payet as their player of the tournament, Pies thought we'd take the time to credit a few of the other players that have impressed us in one capacity or another over the duration of Euro 2016.

Just so you're aware, we've deliberately eschewed the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Gigi Buffon and Gareth Bale, who have already had their fair share of the plaudits.