Laurent Koscielny

Per Mertesacker

A central defensive signing is crucial for Arsenal this summer

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It's quite interesting to look at Arsenal's squad on the official site. For all the talk of Sami Khedira, and people still going on about Loic Remy for some reason I can't really fathom, the shortcomings further back are blindingly obvious.

See for yourself:

I think we know there are efforts being made to rectify the fact we have just one goalkeeper.

Koscielny is Key

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Watching the World Cup and our players representing their countries it is possible to view their performances without the bias of an Arsenal match. I would like to highlight our central defenders.

Having enjoyed the Germany/ Algeria game it became apparent that Mertesacker was being focussed upon by the Algerian midfield.

Koscielny is Key

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Watching the World Cup and our players representing their countries it is possible to view their performances without the bias of an Arsenal match. I would like to highlight our central defenders.

Having enjoyed the Germany/ Algeria game it became apparent that Mertesacker was being focussed upon by the Algerian midfield.

Koscielny is Key

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Watching the World Cup and our players representing their countries it is possible to view their performances without the bias of an Arsenal match. I would like to highlight our central defenders.

Having enjoyed the Germany/ Algeria game it became apparent that Mertesacker was being focussed upon by the Algerian midfield.

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.

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Arsenal’s next Captain

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The other day LB wrote an interesting post entitled"Is Thomas Vermaelen still needed?This led me to think about the player as a captain and conversely the captain as a player.

Before looking at individuals in those roles I got to thinking just what should we look for in a Club Captain, note the capital letters, in my opinion the Club Captain is equally as important as The Manager, The Chief Executive or The Owner.

Arsenal to appoint a new captain

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ArsèneWenger is reported to be ready to appoint a new club captain. With the departure of the present incumbent, Thomas Vermaelen, looking ever more certain the position needs to be filled. Thomas has apparently agreed terms with Man U, although so far no negotiations over a fee have taken place.

Arsenal to appoint a new captain

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ArsèneWenger is reported to be ready to appoint a new club captain. With the departure of the present incumbent, Thomas Vermaelen, looking ever more certain the position needs to be filled. Thomas has apparently agreed terms with Man U, although so far no negotiations over a fee have taken place.

United set to snatch rivals’ captain

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has agreed to join Manchester United this summer and he could become Louis Van Gaal's first signing if the two clubs manage to agree a fee for the Belgium international.

The 28-year-old has just one year left on his current £70,000-a-week deal at the Emirates but while he remains the club's captain in May he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley even though he did not play a single minute in the final he's lost his starting spot to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and only managed 14 Premier League appearances last season.

Koscielny Tells Wenger We Need FOUR New Signings

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny says that Arsene Wenger need to bus at least four players, including a top-class striker, if the Gunners are to compete for the title next season.

"We'll need a goalkeeper, a right back, a midfielder and a striker," said Koscielny at France's pre-World Cup training camp.

Koscielny cup error ancient history after Arsenal fans’ vote

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The Arsenal fans have voted for the French central defender Laurent Koscielny to be given third place in the Arsenal Player of the Season awards, with nearly 12 percent of the overall votes. That is two years in a row that the France international has made it into the top three and is further confirmation [.

Koscielny cup error ancient history after Arsenal fans’ vote

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The Arsenal fans have voted for the French central defender Laurent Koscielny to be given third place in the Arsenal Player of the Season awards, with nearly 12 percent of the overall votes. That is two years in a row that the France international has made it into the top three and is further confirmation [.

Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny Says ‘We Will Do Everything to Win The FA Cup’ [VIDEO]

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Arsenal face Hull in the FA Cup final today in a bid to end their 9 year wait for a trophy. FATV spoke to Arsenal stalwart defender Laurent Koscielny on his excitement, the desire to win this trophy, the talent of Sagbo and playing at Wembley.

Koscielny discusses what Arsenal will need to do in the FA Cup Final to try to win it, as well as how a victory would relieve so much pressure off the Arsenal team.

FA Cup Final Preview: Arsenal ‘Cup villains’ to stand up to underdogs Hull City

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FA Cup Final Preview: Arsenal 'Cup villains' to stand up to underdogs Hull City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Welcome to this year's'Soccerlens FA Cup Final Preview', with team news, stats and predictions below...

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Ramsey’s 15th and Jenkinson’s 1st – match review

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Many called this game a dead rubber but most were thinking first and foremost who would start and more importantly how to avoid injuries while keeping up the momentum of four successive wins in preparation for the Cup Final.

We weren't disappointed. We started the first half in quite a cautious fashion and Ruddy made a couple of excellent saves, although I thought Giroud should have scored around the 32nd minute.

Ramsey’s 15th and Jenkinson’s 1st – match review

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Many called this game a dead rubber but most were thinking first and foremost who would start and more importantly how to avoid injuries while keeping up the momentum of four successive wins in preparation for the Cup Final.

We weren't disappointed. We started the first half in quite a cautious fashion and Ruddy made a couple of excellent saves, although I thought Giroud should have scored around the 32nd minute.

Laurent Koscielny Extends Contract With Arsenal Football Club: Nightly Soccer Report

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French defender Laurent Koscielny has signed a new contract with Arsenal Football Club.

The news will come as a boost to Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger. Koscielny joined the Gunners in 2010 from French club Lorient, and has become a popular and key part of the Arsenal defense, where he has formed an effective partnership with Per Mertesacker in the middle of the back four.

Arsenal and Manchester United to EACH lose a long-serving star?

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Arsenal and Manchester United to EACH lose a long-serving star? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Arsenal may be sworn enemies, but they both have common ground as we approach the summer transfer window, with the pair both facing the prospect of losing a stalwart defender come the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger reveals Laurent Koscielny is close to signing new Arsenal contract

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is close to signing a new contract, manager Arsene Wenger has claimed. The France international has been a rock in...

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VIDEO: Arsenal players’ sing-song their worst ever ‘performance’?

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VIDEO: Arsenal players' sing-song their worst ever 'performance'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kids these days want to be two things when growing up: a footballer, or a singer. While such a small percentage of youngsters achieve their dream, not one kid grows up to be BOTH, and judging by Arsenal's 'singing footballers' video, we can only pray that One Direction's occasional dabbling in the beautiful game remains the only slight exception to the rule.

Newcastle Lose 3-0 To Arsenal – Sixth Defeat In A Row

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As expected, Newcastle lost at the Emirates tonight by a score of 3-0 to the Gunners, with goals from Laurent Koscielny (26), Mesut Ozil (42) and Olivier Giroud (65), and quite simply we were no match for Arsenal, as the disastrous second half of the season continues unabated, and but for some good saves by [.

The stats which prove Laurent Koscielny is better than Chelsea’s Terry & Cahill

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is undoubtedly one of the best centre back's in the Premier...

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Arsenal: Bitter Premier League rivals gunning for key French duo?

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Arsenal: Bitter Premier League rivals gunning for key French duo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are hoping that they can tie down star defender Laurent Koscielny to a new contract, having opened negotiations with the Frenchman on the weekend, but the saga of Bacary Sagna is trundling on, with Liverpool and Manchester City among the clubs watching proceedings with interest.

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 [.

Olivier Giroud

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Alexander Dominguez

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By DAN KARELL

France failed to score on Wednesday for the first time at the 2014 World Cup, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.

During France's scoreless draw with Ecuador, Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez practically stood on his head to preserve a clean sheet, making nine saves and denying Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann from clear goalscoring opportunities.

Second Teams: France

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Guest writer Antoine Hoppenot joins PSP's Second Teams series by telling you exactly why France is the second team you should follow and cheer for after the U.S. in the World Cup.

Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Ozil shines in comfortable win

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After a season in which most games have been a struggle, in one way or another, I could get very used to occasions last night when the opposition turned up, but only physically. And even then, just barely.

It was apparent from the start that Newcastle were there to go through the motions, and that's about it.

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On Arsenal’s decision to pass on Cesc + Koscielny on transfers

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Ok, let me start this morning with some qualifiers.

I fully accept that Arsene Wenger, when making a decision about bringing back Cesc Fabregas, is coming at it from a much more informed position than I am. Only he knows what he's planning to do this summer in the transfer market and he likely feels that the money at his disposal can be better used elsewhere.

He’s staying Laurent, Kos signs a new deal

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Good news everyone!

We kick off this morning's Saturday round-up with Laurent Koscielny's new deal. The Frenchman has signed his second extension since joining back in 2010, meaning his future is secured. With some real uncertainty about the rest of our central-defensive options, at the very least we've got the Mertesacker/Koscielny Axis of Awesome tied down, and even those who always find something to complain about won't be able to find anything to moan about regarding this.

The Rest

Franck Ribery Makes 23-Man French World Cup Squad Despite Dodgy Back

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By Alan Duffy

Despite seeing his preparations for Brazil 2014 hampered by a recurring back injury, French heart-throb Fronck Ribery has still made Didier Deschamps' final 23-man squad for the tournament this month.

The Bayern Munich winger is still fighting to be fit for Les Bleus' first game of the tournament.