Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal

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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The German international that must leave Arsenal this summer

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The German international that must leave Arsenal this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil's first half performance in Arsenal's hugely impressive 4-1 win over Liverpool will live long in the memory, and not just for Gunners fans.

Strutting around the pitch, stoically adhering to his languid style of play, the German international dictated play effortlessly, with his stunning free kick in the 40th minute richly deserved.

Wilshful thinking

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It is difficult to look at Arsenal's record before and after the home loss to Manchester United and not be filled with some combination of regret, rue and rage. Before it, Arsenal had played 18, won 7, drawn 7 and lost 4. Since then, they have played 26, won 21, drawn 1 and lost 4. The start to the season stings, especially now as things are becoming that bit closer at the very top of the table.

Get off Mertesacker’s back

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I am fed up with people looking at Mertesacker as the man responsible for all Arsenal's defensive woes. I am also bored by the continual moaning about BFG's lack of leadership on the pitch.

Let's start with his defensive ability. Someone recently wrote on the blog that BFG may have over 100 caps for Germany and is a World Cup winner but that does not make him a quality centre back.

Is Coquelin the answer? Poll

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Firstly, there has to be a question and that is probably Is Coquelin the natural replacement for Arteta and/or Flamini?

I have said from when Mr Wenger re-signed Flamini that he wasn't good enough to take The Arsenal to the title or the CL Final and these must be our targets. Nor is Arteta.

Arsene Wenger Laments Lack of Leaders in the Game

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Arsene Wenger is in the market for defensive reinforcements but is concerned that there are not as many natural leaders in the game as when he arrived at Arsenal.

The 65-year-old has struggled to name a consistent back four so far this season with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs all injured at some point.

Arsene Wenger Laments Lack of Leaders in the Game

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Arsene Wenger is in the market for defensive reinforcements but is concerned that there are not as many natural leaders in the game as when he arrived at Arsenal.

The 65-year-old has struggled to name a consistent back four so far this season with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs all injured at some point.

Laurent Koscielny says he is just happy to be playing again for Arsenal

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Laurent Koscielny says he is just happy to be back playing again after an injury hit season. The French defender made his return in the 2-1 win over...

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny could return vs West Ham

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TEAM NEWS: Rosicky, @D_Ospina1 and @Yayasanogoal22 available. Koscielny and Bellerin close for Sunday pic.twitter.com/m5hbZr3odQ Arsenal FC...

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Emiliano Martínez convinces as Arsenal kepper

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Emiliano Martínez has had a chance to play for Arsenal, even though he's the third choice keeper, and he's kept three clean sheets in a team that was previously a defensive shambles.

His chance has coincided with the return of Laurent Koscielny from injury, but so what? I'm a fan of Wocheck, but I don't remember him playing so well for three games in a row.

Photo: Laurent Koscielny in Arsenal training ahead of Southampton clash

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We've missed you! Koscielny and @Arsenal get ready for #AFCvSFC pic.twitter.com/OYlx6mGh9H Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 2, 2014 Arsenal...

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Arsenal Waits On Danny Welbeck Fitness

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Arsenal have doubts over several players for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom, including England forward Danny Welbeck, who has a swollen knee and a hamstring problem.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) will be assessed, but forward Olivier Giroud could come back in having been ineligible for the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, along with fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal receive massive injury boost as Wenger confirms Gunners star is fit

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Arsenal receive massive injury boost as Wenger confirms Gunners star is fit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Laurent Koscielny is fit and admitted the centre-back could start against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Gunners make a trip to The Hawthorns as they face West Brom in the Premier League clash this weekend.

Arsenal vs Dortmund: Injury Updates on Wilshere and Koscielny

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Arsenal vs Dortmund: Injury Updates on Wilshere and Koscielny - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Good News: Koscielny included in the squad vs Borussia Dortmund

Ahead of the Gunner's Champions League tie with German giants Borussia Dortmund tomorrow, we bring you the latest Arsenal InjuryNews.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny ‘out for a month’, will miss Man Utd and Dortmund games

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Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out for up to another month and is set to miss games against Manchester United and Borussia...

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Huge blow! Arsenal star ruled out for another four weeks

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Huge blow! Arsenal star ruled out for another four weeks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal suffer huge injury blow after Arsene Wenger confirms that central defender Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out for at least four weeks, and the France international is likely to miss crucial games againstManchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal vs Burnley: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Arsenal vs Burnley: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Arsenal recorded only their third win of the season by beating Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light last weekend.

The Gunners were helped by some defensive errors and the results means they have now won twice as many away from the Emirates.

3 Defensive Options For Arsenal to Consider Due to Koscielny Injury

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Although Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are back from their respective injuries, and Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott will soon be featuring in Arsenal matches, Laurent Koscielny's injury appears to be a bit more serious than first expected. The central defender returned to London while on international duty earlier in the month because of an achilles injury.

Sunderland preview: Balance the back four

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A traditional 3pm kick-off today, and what I'd give for a traditional one nil to the Arsenal. Don't get me wrong, I'd take a 2-0, a 3-1, a 4-3 or any shape of win, but a clean sheet would be nice given how often we've conceded this season.

The team news is that Jack Wilshere misses out through suspension having picked up five yellow cards, and I think Mikel Arteta will come into the midfield for him.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny ‘out until 22 November’

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Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny is set to be out until at least 22 November, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The France international has...

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Koscielny ruled out of Anderlecht clash

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Laurent Koscielny is expected to sit out tonight's Champions League clash with Anderlecht but...

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Arsenal vs Hull City: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Arsenal vs Hull City: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal return from the international break looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea a fortnight ago.

Arsène Wenger's side have won just one of their last six Premier League games since their opening day win against Crystal Palace.

Laurent Koscielny out of Arsenal vs Hull City

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Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday's game against Hull City. Laurent Koscielny, who withdrew from the France squad during...

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny jokes he’s the world record holder for conceding penalies

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny can see the funny side of his unfortunate knack of conceding penalties. The Frenchman's trip on Eden Hazard...

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Laurent Koscielny Was Also Rather Fortunate to Avoid a Red Card

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This game was as fiery as it ever was as Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 today at Stamford Bridge and although there were no red cards dished out there quite possibly should have been three on the field of play and one off the field of play.

Laurent Koscielny was the lucky party here after taking Eden Hazard completely out of the game when looking to go one on one with the keeper a penalty was given and scored but under the auspicious rules of the game Koscielny should have been sent-off as he was last player back.

Arsenal Injury Woes As Ramsey Out For A Month

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I don't know what it is with the Arsenal medical staff, but the Gunners seem to lose more top players to injuries every season than anyone else in Europe,. And barely six weeks into a new season another injury crisis is hitting Arsenal.

On Monday ESPMN reported that midfielder Aaron Ramsey is likely to be out "for about a month" with the hamstring injury he picked up against Tottenham at the weekend.

Laurent Koscielny Perfects the Art of Spiking During Dortmund Loss

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The Champions League kicked off in earnest tonight however Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny got a bit mixed up between the codes of football and volleyball as he perfected the art of spiking?

And just for the record he also collided with the post trying to keep out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang game winning goal which made it 2-0 to the hosts!

Arsenal vs Manchester City Predicted Lineups

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The Barclays Premier League returns to action this weekend and to kick off the busy weekend in British soccer, Arsenal will host the reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday at 7:45 AM (ET). With both sides having some injury issues, let's take a look at who the managers could select to start the important match.

Besiktas vs Arsenal Preview: UEFA Champions League Playoff 1st Leg

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For the second successive year, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side travel to Turkey hoping to clinch a place in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage with Slaven Bilic's Besiktas the Gunners' final obstacle.

Arsenal do however have some significant fitness issues ahead of today's clash with Yaya Sanogo, who had been given the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud for the start of Arsenal's domestic campaign, being deemed not fit enough to travel.

Saturday Rewind: Arsenal win late, Man United drop opener, and more

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With the game tied at one in front of an increasingly frustrated crowd at the Emirates, Aaron Ramsey conjured some stoppage-time magic.

The Arsenal midfielder finished from close range in the waning moments Saturday, leading the way in a 2-1 Arsenal victory over Crystal Palace.

5 Observations From Arsenal’s Win Against Crystal Palace

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Arsenal started off the 2014/2015 Premier League game with a late win against a very defensively sturdy Crystal Palace side. Hangeland opened the scoring with a good header in the first half, yet a good header from Laurent Koscielny and a tap-in from Aaron Ramsey earned Arsenal their first three points of the season.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings; Premier League Gameweek 1

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Arsenal snatched a victory out of the hands of defeat with a 2-1 victory against London rivals Crystal Palace in their first Premier League match of the 2014/15 season.

Despite the turmoil going on inside of the club due to Tony Pulis leaving his position as manager on Thursday night, Palace put up a solid effort, with new centre back Brede Hangeland scoring from a good header.

Per Mertesacker

Interlull: Some thoughts on the defence

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Morning all, and welcome to the Interlull.

It does feel like a particularly unwelcome one given the momentum we have going right now, but on the other hand it may give a few of them some time to rest and recuperate. Francis Coquelin has done enough to become an integral part of this team but not so much that he's away on international duty.

More injuries, Per and behind the scenes jiggery-pokery

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It's my sad duty to report to you this morning that every Arsenal player has been devoured by a wolf. I mean, I haven't read that anywhere but I'm just assuming that's what happened.

The youth team are too afraid to make the step up. Gedion Zelalem tried, the brave little soldier, but no sooner had he declared himself ready for the first time than he developed super-leprosy and his right arm fell off.

Defensive worries increase ahead of Besiktas

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So an interesting first Premier League weekend is almost over. Only Burnley v Chelsea left, but we've seen wins for Man City, Sp*rs and Liverpool, and a defeat for United which included a bird doing a poo in Ashley Young's mouth. I don't know that you can ask for more unless someone launched a gnu with a septic colon into the air and it covered van Persie in .

English Premier League

West Ham preview: To Kos, or not to Kos?

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Morning. It's that time of the year when it's hard to remember what day it is, so in case you need reminding it's Monday. Sunday.

Today we visit high-flying West Ham. Not so long ago The Walrus seemed certain for the sack, now he's got his team playing very well indeed and sitting a point above us in the table, just outside the top four.

Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: points over performance

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I've said a number of times recently that one of the biggest challenges we face is starting this season well because of the summer we've had. Yesterday was evidence of that. We were team that looked a long way from its best in terms of match fitness and sharpness, giving debuts to three new players, playing against a Crystal Palace side that may not have had Pulis on the sideline but he was very much part of their essence, so to speak.

The Rest

Kos facing more time out :: Wenger on Ramsey’s form

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Good morning from the rainiest place on earth. As we have no match today I took the liberty of sleeping in a bit. It has led to me question why it is I don't it more often.

Anyway, a quick round up for you this Saturday morning, beginning with the sterling news that Laurent Koscielny is expected to be out for another month (and based on the vagueness of what the manager said it wouldn't surprise me if it were longer than that).