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Why you should ignore the all the Koscielny stories

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It's a very quiet one this morning and given it's a bank holiday weekend, I'm not going to hunt high and low, like a common Morten Harket, for Arsenal news.

There are a few bits, however, and we can start with a headline in the Mirror which might give cause for alarm Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny vows transfer situation will be settled before World Cup.

Monday Kickoff: Arsenal facing injury crisis; Atletico not concerned over Costa’s knee; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The sweat on Arsene Wengers brow is dripping from his forehead as he worries in anticipation of a mid-week English Premier League clash against West Ham.

Following a 120-minute performance from Wenger's squad on Saturday afternoon, the Gunners usual strength in midfield has been decimated with almost everyone dealing with either injury or fatigue.

Same Old Story For Wenger And Arsenal

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Whoscored.com took an in-depth look this week at another end of season slump by the Gunners.

A couple of things stand out in the post.

Arsene Wenger made a decision a year ago that he wanted a small squad, and that decision is really coming back to haunt him. When Arsenal went to Bayern in the Champions League last month, they did not even have enough fit players to make up a full subs bench.

Laurent Koscielny out of Arsenal vs Swansea clash, could be injured for longer

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Laurent Koscielny will miss Arsenal's game against Swansea tomorrow evening, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The France international is undergoing a scan on a calf injury today and could be out of action for even longer. Giving his team news ahead of the Swans clash, Wenger told the club's official website: "We have lost Laurent [.

Media lockdown, online reaction and more

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So, by all accounts, Arsenal went into media lock-down after what happened at Stamford Bridge.

The pre-game press conference, scheduled for today has been cancelled, and the club will provide some quotes for the papers/media outlets ahead of the game. I guess that will include some team updates in terms of injuries, and especially in relation to Laurent Koscielny who was withdrawn at half-time on a Saturday with a calf problem.

Just two minutes of Magic and Mozart Composes another beauty.

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North London Derbies are always that little bit special and with the tightest race for years as to who will eventually become Champions, together with the implosion of United and the resurgence of Liverpool and of course not forgetting the two big mega bucks clubs, this was a game we just had to win.

Just two minutes of Magic and Mozart Composes another beauty.

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North London Derbies are always that little bit special and with the tightest race for years as to who will eventually become Champions, together with the implosion of United and the resurgence of Liverpool and of course not forgetting the two big mega bucks clubs, this was a game we just had to win.

What do you think of Tottenham?

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Easy answer to that question

Thing is, as my nephew keeps telling me Spurs are having a very good season (by their standards) and that should they win today they will be just 3 points behind with us facing a death cluster. My reply .... Always in our Shadow.

Kaboul gets sent off for a dubious red giving away a penalty his card is rescinded.

What do you think of Tottenham?

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Easy answer to that question

Thing is, as my nephew keeps telling me Spurs are having a very good season (by their standards) and that should they win today they will be just 3 points behind with us facing a death cluster. My reply .... Always in our Shadow.

Kaboul gets sent off for a dubious red giving away a penalty his card is rescinded.

Combined Arsenal and Tottenham Best XI – No Ramsey? No Ozil?

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Combined Arsenal and Tottenham Best XI No Ramsey? No Ozil? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the north London derbythis weekend, I wonder how much controversy I could stir up by picking what I think would be the best combined ‘Arsenal/Spurs XI' based on the current season?

I'm betting that it's a whole lot, but that sort of thing has never stopped me before, so here we go!

Laurent Koscielny, the President of France, me and the accordionist.

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By Tony Attwood

There is story often told among Morris Men (dancers and musicians who perform a peculiarly English set of folk dances dating back to the Mediaeval era) about four people being stuck in a lift. One is Stalin, one is Hitler, one is an accordionist and the final one has a gun with [.

Photos: Arsenal fly to Germany for Bayern Munich clash

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And here's the French midfielder joined by compatriot Laurent Koscielny on the plane... #BAYvAFC pic.twitter.com/WDjdufbtj3 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 10, 2014 Arsenal's squad are en route to Munich for their Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern. PHOTO: Here's Mathieu Flamini flanked by @MesutOzil1088 and @Podolski10 as they prepare to fly to Munich: pic.

Arsenal: Twitter Reacts – Should Koscielny start against Bayern?

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Arsenal: Twitter Reacts Should Koscielny start against Bayern? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 at the Allianz Arena tomorrow night, with Gunners fans everywhere debating the potential outcome of the game.

Why Does It Continue To Go Wrong For Arsenal?

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With Arsenal still effectively in the Premier League title race, still in the FA Cup and still in the UEFA Champions League, it probably seems a little misguided and somewhat pre-emptive to suggest that things are going "wrong."

But you can just sense things are about to unravel, can't you?

Laurent Koscielny Donates €600,000 To Save Home-Town Accordion Factory From Going Under

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By Chris Wright

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has pledged a considerable amount of money to help save an accordion factory in his hometown from having to close down.

According to the Guardian, Koscielny is part of an investment group which has donated €600,000 (approx.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny inadvertently writes his own chant

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Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has accidentally written his own chant while making tongue-in-cheek comments about Gooners' lack of affection for him. The French defender was asked by the club's official website why he doesn't have his own song when so many of his team-mates do. He replied: "I don't know!

Bayern dominance of Gunners belies true tale

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Bayern dominance of Gunners belies true tale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the final whistle blew on events at the Emirates on Wednesday night, much of the talk was of how the Bayern Munich machine dominated Arsenal in their own back yard. Much chat was of the Bavarians 863 total passes compared with the Gunners 222 and a second half possession dominance of 88% would suggest the visitors had total control over their hosts.

Arsenal defenders hate conceding goals, says Laurent Koscielny

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Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal's solid defensive record this season comes from a hatred of conceding goals. The Gunners have been superb in defence this season, particularly the centre-back pairing of Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. The Frenchman says the backline hate to concede. He told the club's official website: "The team needs all the players on [.

The centre-back conundrum that nobody mentions….

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Since the beginning of the season, Arsenal has been solid defensively in most games (the game against Man City, remaining one important exception) as the team has learned to defend as a block but has also benefited from the strong defensive display of the "Per-Kos" pair and the discipline and dirty work carried out by Flamini and/or Arteta.

The centre-back conundrum that nobody mentions….

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Since the beginning of the season, Arsenal has been solid defensively in most games (the game against Man City, remaining one important exception) as the team has learned to defend as a block but has also benefited from the strong defensive display of the "Per-Kos" pair and the discipline and dirty work carried out by Flamini and/or Arteta.

Can I have some more, please. Cardiff again.

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A long night's partying means that the opportunity of lying supine on the couch and enjoying an afternoon's football is very attractive, an Arsenal victory would make it doubly so. Given the condition of the man writing this post it will be short and to the point ...

What stands between us and 3 points?

Can I have some more, please. Cardiff again.

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A long night's partying means that the opportunity of lying supine on the couch and enjoying an afternoon's football is very attractive, an Arsenal victory would make it doubly so. Given the condition of the man writing this post it will be short and to the point ...

What stands between us and 3 points?

PHOTO: Arsenal – Three special moments of 2013

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PHOTO: Arsenal Three special moments of 2013 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have had a strong 2013 and end it on top of the Premier League table. Arsene Wenger will look back on the 12 months as a learning process for the club and will feel that his side are stronger now than at the start of the year.

Slog On The Tyne: Arsenal Report and Player Ratings.

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So we enter 2014 as the star on top of the Premier League Christmas tree.

Will we still be there at the end of May? Who knows, but if we are it will be thanks in large part to grinding out difficult wins like yesterday's at Newcastle.

Toon have been one of the EPL's form teams in recent weeks so going up there three days after playing another away fixture and coming home with all three points should not be underestimated.

Slog On The Tyne: Arsenal Report and Player Ratings.

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So we enter 2014 as the star on top of the Premier League Christmas tree.

Will we still be there at the end of May? Who knows, but if we are it will be thanks in large part to grinding out difficult wins like yesterday's at Newcastle.

Toon have been one of the EPL's form teams in recent weeks so going up there three days after playing another away fixture and coming home with all three points should not be underestimated.

Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle: Visitors defend like champions

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Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle: Visitors defend like champions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal finish 2013 on top of the Premier League table after an invaluable three points picked up on Sunday against Newcastle at St James' Park.

Olivier Giroud scored the solitary goal to earn Arsene Wenger's men a 1-0 victory, with a stern defensive effort by the Gunners seeing the game out

Here are the Arsenal player ratings for the clash.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny set for Boxing Day return vs West Ham, will miss Chelsea game

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Post by Laurent Koscielny Officiel. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will return to action on Boxing Day, according to reports in his native France. The centre-back, who has been in outstanding form this season, suffered a serious gash to his knee during last weekend's defeat at Manchester City. French newspaper L'Equipe claims that Koscielny will [.

Photo: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny’s knee injury

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Post by Laurent Koscielny Officiel. Arsenal centre-back Lauren Koscielny has shared this photo of his knee injury. The Frenchman limped off during yesterday's defeat to Manchester City. While Gooners will be disappointed that the nasty gash will probably keep him out of action for a game or two, they will also be very relieved [.

Arsenal 1-1 Everton: Ramsey, Barkley & Other Major Talking Points

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Arsenal 1-1 Everton: Ramsey, Barkley & Other Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Everton played out a high-quality spectacle on Sunday, with two second-half goals resulting the in the spoils being shared at the Emirates Stadium.

Mesut Ozil looked to have given the hosts victory with a late strike, but Toffees' substitute Gerard Deulofeu struck a swift equaliser to seal a draw.

Arsenal's Bacary Sagna Celebrates France's World Cup Qualification

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France secured their place at the World Cup in Brazil after a dramatic 3-0 victory in Paris on Tuesday evening. Les Bleus had a big task ahead of them heading into the game, having conceded twice in Kiev on Friday, but they put all doubt aside and came out winners, ensuring their place in football's biggest tournament next year.

Olivier Giroud Shows France's Arsenal Connection

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France take on the Ukraine tomorrow in Kiev in the first of two matches for their World Cup Playoff. Les Blues will be looking to get back to the World Cup and right the wrongs they left behind in South Africa after a rather embarrassing campaign.

France finished second in their group behind Spain and take on a formidable opponent in the Ukraine who finished behind England in their group.

Arsenal News: Laurent Koscielny Explains Olivier Giroud's Lack of Goals

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Olivier Giroud has pretty much shouldered the burden of carrying a team like Arsenal. The French international started the season in a good goal scoring form. It may have disappeared in recent weeks with the 27-year-old scoring just three times in the last 10 matches, but his presence is so crucial to Arsenal's play.

Tactical Analysis: How Manchester United Overcame Arsenal

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Robin van Persie continued to haunt his former employers, as his first half header pushes Manchester United within five points of league leaders Arsenal.

Van Persie returned to the starting eleven to lead the line ahead of Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa. Michael Carrick and Phil Jones formed a midfield duo, while Jonny Evans partnered Nemanja Vidic at centre back.

Per Mertesacker

Sp*rs 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners have the crack at White Hart Lane

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"We played better than them, we exposed their cracks," said a disappointed, but still passionate, Tim Sherwood to Sky after the game.

"What cracks were those, Tim? What cracks did you see?", asked the reporter.

"Well ... er ... they won the game," he said.

Focus up front but my kingdom for a centre-half

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Let's start the day with some good news and The Times are reporting that Nicklas Bendtner could be back in around 10 days.

I know, some people might not see that as good news at all, hoping a longer outage for the big Dane would force the manager's hand in the transfer market, but I think first and foremost we have to worry about the players we have rather than the ones we don't.

Tactics column: Mertesacker and Koscielny rise to the occassion

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Is there ever such a thing as a fair result? Arsenal might have felt aggrieved having taken the lead on eighty-minutes only to see it cancelled out four minutes later, yet it was Everton who raised their game first and gave Arsenal a taste of their own medicine. Gerard Deulofeu's rasping strike to make it 1-1 was probably just deserts for their dominant play.

France

UEFA Qualifying Preview: France has it all to do against Ukraine as second leg approaches

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By MARC SERBER

In order to make amends for its disastrous and laughable campaign in 2010, France must make history by becoming the first ever UEFA national side to overturn a 2-0 deficit in its home leg versus Ukraine.

After being stunned by goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko in Kiev, the Stade de France in Paris will be on a knife's edge.

Kos off Saturday round-up

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Morning all.

A very quick Saturday review because my head hurts for some reason. Much like Laurent Koscielny's, I'd imagine, who suffered a torrid night as France went down 2-0 in Ukraine in the first leg of their World Cup playoff. He conceded a penalty and then got sent off in the final couple of minutes.

The Rest

West Ham preview: time to start winning again

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Morning all, a quick West Ham preview for you. Hopefully Satan brought you everything you desired yesterday and that there was plenty of food and drink to be had.

Football waits for no man, or holiday season, however, and we've got a London derby at West Ham as our Christmas gift. Quite what we can expect in terms of the team, I don't really know.

After 11 Matches: Arsenal Season Review

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Arsene Wenger has stuck to the tried and tested 4-3-3 (4-5-1) formation. Here's how the various departments performed on the pitch so far in the 2013-14 season.

Defence :

Wojciech Szczesny seems to have re-discovered his form and has firmly established himself as the clubs first choice shot-stopper after pulling off numerous crucial saves so far this season.