Laurent Koscielny

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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 defender Laurent Koscielny was forced off through injury in the first half of the Gunners...

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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.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Koscielny downs Newcastle as Gunners go clear

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Arsenal moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Laurent Koscielny's second-half winner secured an unconvincing 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Frenchman's 72nd-minute winner masked a stuttering display, but if the sign of an effective team is that they win even when below their best, then Arsenal justified their status as favorites to take the title.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Koscielny downs Newcastle as Gunners go clear

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Arsenal moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Laurent Koscielny's second-half winner secured an unconvincing 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Frenchman's 72nd-minute winner masked a stuttering display, but if the sign of an effective team is that they win even when below their best, then Arsenal justified their status as favorites to take the title.

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0 – Video Highlihghts

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Laurent Koscielny after scoring the winner today Here's the video highlights of today's game at Arsenal where we missed at least three golden opportunities to score. But it's the same old story we lost 1-0 for the third game in a row and are now deeper into relegation trouble with Sunderland and Norwich [.

The Best Bits: Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth (Photos)

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Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth Premier League 28th December 2015

Arsenal put their St. Mary's horror show behind them and returned to the top of the Premier League, courtesy of an impressive 2-0 win against Bournemouth at the Emirates.

The hosts, with Calum Chambers in midfield and Kieran Gibbs in at left-back, started nervously but eventually found their stride, with Mesut Ozil at the heart of everything good for the Gunners.

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

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

With Arsenal ready to host Manchester City in a crucial encounter that could determine which way the title goes this season, we pick the combined best eleven from the clash.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Joe Hart and Cech are two of the very best goalkeepers in the league so Cech just about edges this one.

The two Arsenal players Barcelona fear most

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I was on my way to work this morning listening toan interview withPhilippe Auclair on the radiodiscussing the CL draw. It was suggested to him that Barca would be very happy to have drawn Arsenal again.

On the contrary he said, there are 2 players that Barcelona fear. Immediately the names of Ozil and Sanchez sprang to mind .

Man Utd legend: Arsenal star best defender in the league

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Man Utd legend: Arsenal star best defender in the league - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has developed into a top class defender in the Premier League over the years.

The 30-year-old defender was superb during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla sidelined for up to 4 months

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Arsene Wenger said on Friday that Santi Cazorla could be sidelined for up to four months after sustaining knee ligament damage in last weekend's draw at Norwich.

The Spain international stayed on the pitch at Carrow Road after taking a heavy knock early in the second half of the game as Arsenal's injury woes continued.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla sidelined for up to 4 months

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Arsene Wenger said on Friday that Santi Cazorla could be sidelined for up to four months after sustaining knee ligament damage in last weekend's draw at Norwich.

The Spain international stayed on the pitch at Carrow Road after taking a heavy knock early in the second half of the game as Arsenal's injury woes continued.

Laurent Koscielny health a boost for Arsenal; Alexis Sanchez still a doubt

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Laurent Koscielny could be fit to play this weekend, but Arsenal do not know how long they will be without star attacker Alexis Sanchez, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. Koscielny and Sanchez both limped off in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Norwich City, the former with a hip injury, the latter with a hamstring problem, while midfielder Santi Cazorla suffered a blow to his knee.

Laurent Koscielny health a boost for Arsenal; Alexis Sanchez still a doubt

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Laurent Koscielny could be fit to play this weekend, but Arsenal do not know how long they will be without star attacker Alexis Sanchez, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. Koscielny and Sanchez both limped off in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Norwich City, the former with a hip injury, the latter with a hamstring problem, while midfielder Santi Cazorla suffered a blow to his knee.

Laurent Koscielny suffers fresh injury blow against Norwich

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Fresh injury blow for Arsenal as Laurent Koscielny forced off

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny lasted just eight minutes of today's Premier League clash with Norwich City before being forced off the...

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny deeply affected by Paris attacks, says Arsene Wenger

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Wenger on @6_LKOSCIELNY: "On Tuesday you could see he was not himself and it affected him deeply." #WBAvAFC pic.twitter.com/Ayif979hXE...

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Arsenal Peck Swans

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Arsenal went to Swansea determined to keep their Premier League hopes alive, and yet filled with a certain tremulation at meeting a club who had outclassed and outplayed them twice last season.

As it turned out, one man who could not wait to get on to the pitch to show what he is made of was Joel 'Gimme a chance ' Campbell, as he chomped at the bit to make his career at Arsenal lift off, rather than warm his ass on the bench.

Early Risers XI: Just Football’s Premier League Team of the Season So Far 2015/16

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This time last year, who would have thought that a 2015/16Premier League team of the season so far would have such a distinct lack of representation the from reigning champions? Almost a year ago to...

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Ander Herrera, Wijnaldum, Sterling… Names of the Premier League, week 9

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Despite the absences of many of its star players due to injuries picked up during the international break, the Premier League returned in its usual enthralling manner this week. Here are the some of...

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Triple injury boost for Wenger, Arsenal target 22-year-old striker

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Arsene Wenger says that French defender Laurent Koscielny has an outside chance of making into the starting lineup when Arsenal take on Watford this weekend.

Koscielny suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal's 2-3 defeat against Olympiakos in the Champions League and hasn't played since.

Alexis Sanchez baby! Alexis Sanchez ooooooooooooohhhhh!!!

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Alexis Sanchez was in inspired form as he scored his first Premier League hatrick as Arsenal broke Leicester's unbeaten record with a convincingly win.

The coach trip to Leicester was a very enjoyable experience with much debate about the midweek exploits at Tottnumb with discussion around the signs being ripped off at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea star Costa finds out fate for violent conduct against Arsenal

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Chelsea have suffered a massive blow after their star striker Diego Costa is suspended for three matches by the Football Association.

The Brazil-born Spain international was involved in an incident where he slapped Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny just before the break during the Blues' 2-0 victory over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge.

Is Gabriel Paulista Ready To Replace Laurent Koscielny?

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Laurent Koscielny is an injury doubt for Arsenal's match with Stoke this weekend, but his lost may not be as big an issue as it has been in the past because of the development of Gabriel Paulista.

The Brazilian was third choice in the Arsenal pecking order at the beginning of the season, with regular centre-back duo Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny preferred to the 24-year-old and rightly so.

Back injury worry for Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny

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Benzema for Koscielny anyone?

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Just a little poser with a twist to follow on from Micky's post.

I feel we need a top striker but am scratching my head as to who we can get that is :-

1 Top class and able to bring that class to the more robust EPL.

2 Potentially available (i.e current employers are willing to consider selling).

Arsenal must keep Laurent Koscielny as Real Madrid lurk

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Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla, and Aaron Ramsey are all frequently referenced as Arsenal's most important players, and rightfully so; however, central defender Laurent Koscielny is as important to the Gunners as any other player in the squad.

The France international arrived in north London in the summer of 2010 as a relatively unknown 24-year-old skinny center-back.

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa – FA Cup Final: Game in 18 Tweets

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Newcastle Go Down Fighting But Miss Chances Again

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Newcastle played their hearts out at the Emirates Stadium today but for the third game running we lost the game 1-0 and this time we went down to a 72nd winner from Laurent Koscielny, who guided the ballpast Elliot from close range for a simple goal after Newcastle had several chances to take the lead [.

The Best Bits: England 2-0 France (Photos & Highlights)

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On an emotional night at Wembley, a youthful England side produced a fine performance in an entertaining clash with France, with the hosts running out 2-0 winners.

England started brightly, with Dele Alli catching the eye in midfield and Wayne Rooney impressing on the right of a front three.