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Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny (born 10 September 1985) is a French Association football who plays as a defender for Arsenal F.C.. Laurent Koscielny primarily plays as a Defender (association football) but Laurent Koscielny can also play as a Defender (association football), a position where Laurent Koscielny started Laurent Koscielny career. Koscielny is a youth product of En Avant Guingamp. Laurent Koscielny is described as an aggressive, uncompromising and ball-playing defender. Koscielny was born in the city of Tulle and began Laurent Koscielny football career playing for a host of amateur and youth clubs such as ESA Brive, Tulle Corrèze and Limoges FC. In 2001, Laurent Koscielny moved to the Brittany (administrative region) in northwestern France to play for professional club En Avant Guingamp.

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Laurent Koscielny (born 10 September 1985) is a French Association football who plays as a defender for Arsenal F.C.. Laurent Koscielny primarily plays as a Defender (association football) but Laurent Koscielny can also play as a Defender (association football), a position where Laurent Koscielny started Laurent Koscielny career. Koscielny is a youth product of En Avant Guingamp. Laurent Koscielny is described as an aggressive, uncompromising and ball-playing defender. Koscielny was born in the city of Tulle and began Laurent Koscielny football career playing for a host of amateur and youth clubs such as ESA Brive, Tulle Corrèze and Limoges FC. In 2001, Laurent Koscielny moved to the Brittany (administrative region) in northwestern France to play for professional club En Avant Guingamp.

In 2007, Koscielny joined Tours FC for an undisclosed fee to play in the third tier of the French league in 2007 and enjoyed promotion with Laurent Koscielny new side before being named in the Ligue 2 Team of the Season the following campaign. Koscielny was called up to the French national team on 4 February 2011. Prior to Laurent Koscielny call up for France, Koscielny was also eligible to play for Poland national football team, as a result of Laurent Koscielny family roots.

Career

Club career

Early career

Koscielny was born in Tulle, Corrèze. Laurent Koscielny career began in 2004 with Guingamp, a team that have produced such talents as Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda. Three years and barely forty appearances later, Koscielny was forced to take stock and drop down to the French third tier. The Frenchman made forty-six appearances for Guingamp, between 2004 and 2007, mostly as a right fullback.

In 2007, Koscielny joined Tours FC. Koscielny decided that Laurent Koscielny wanted a chance at centre back. Koscienly showed remarkable improvement in aerial ability and a positional awareness that allowed the defender to limit himself to just three yellow cards. During the 2008–09 season, Koscielny made 34 appearances, scoring 5 goals from defence. Laurent Koscielny was named in the best XI for Ligue 2 after the 2008–09 season. Koscielny moved to Lorient FC to play in Ligue 1 for 1.7million euros.

Lorient

{{Quote box , whom Laurent Koscielny is now teammates with. Koscielny helped Lorient to finish the campaign in 7th place; its best finish in Ligue 1. An impressive season culminated in reports from French daily Ouest-France that the defender was training with the Arsenal reserves ahead of an official announcement. On 6 July 2010, Koscielny agreed personal terms with Arsenal. Arsenal's initial offer for Koscielny was believed to be in the region of £4million, while they were then prepared to do a deal that would also involve youngster Francis Coquelin moving on loan in the opposite direction, which Lorient rejected. During the summer transfer window of 2010 reports began to emerge in late June that a deal had been reached to bring Koscielny to English club Arsenal for a reported sum of £8.45 million.

Arsenal

Arsenal confirmed the signing on 7 July 2010 and Koscielny was handed the club's No. 6 shirt, previously worn by Philippe Senderos, who had moved to Fulham F.C. earlier in the summer. Wenger explained Laurent Koscielny bought Koscienly due to the fact Laurent Koscielny added height to the team and Arsenal were low on centre backs. Koscielny made Laurent Koscielny debut against Barnet F.C. in a pre-season friendly in July 2010. One month later in Laurent Koscielny competitive debut against Liverpool F.C. at Anfield, Laurent Koscielny was sent off in the 94th minute for a second bookable offence. Both of Laurent Koscielny yellow cards were shown beyond 90 minutes. The game ended in a 1–1 draw with both teams having debut players sent off. Laurent Koscielny scored Laurent Koscielny first goal for Arsenal on 11 September 2010, in a 4–1 win against Bolton Wanderers F.C..

Koscielny made Laurent Koscielny debut in European competition on 15 September 2010, when Laurent Koscielny partnered Sébastien Squillaci in a 6–0 win over S.C. Braga at Emirates Stadium. Koscielny was praised for performances against Sunderland A.F.C. and made a brilliant tackle against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. to stop Aaron Lennon from scoring during their Football League Cup tie. On 27 October Laurent Koscielny blocked a shot off the line and provided an assist to Theo Walcott against Newcastle United F.C. in the fourth round of the Carling Cup, where Arsenal went on to win the match 4–0 at St James' Park. Koscielny was given a straight red card in Arsenal's 0–1 loss at home against Newcastle United on 7 November 2010. This was Laurent Koscielny second sending off of the season.

On 25 January 2011, Koscielny scored the 2nd goal in the 3–0 win over Ipswich Town F.C. in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg win at the Emirates Stadium. Throughout January 2011, Johan Djourou and himself were apart of a mean defence in the Premier that did not concede a goal. On 1 February, Laurent Koscielny scored Laurent Koscielny third goal of the season, which proved to be the winner in a 2–1 turn around victory over Everton with a bullet header in the dying minutes of a league clash at the Emirates. Koscielny had arguably Laurent Koscielny greatest performance to date in an Arsenal-shirt against FC Barcelona in the first leg of the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League knockout phase Champions League-match. The match ended in a 2–1 home win for Arsenal. Koscielny's performances were applauded and praised in many media reports of the game. Arsenal-legend and former defender, Martin Keown, said Laurent Koscielny performance was "impressive" and "magnificent throughout". Sadly, Laurent was involved in the crucial goal for Birmingham City F.C. in the 2010–11 Football League Cup 2011 Football League Cup Final where there was a catastrophic mix-up between himself and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny. Arsenal lost the match 2–1 and their 'trophyless' drought stretched on.

Koscielny started the 2011–12 season very well with recently-fit defender Thomas Vermaelen beside him. Laurent Koscielny was injured and taken off the pitch after barely 10 minutes into the game in a 2–0 home loss to Liverpool F.C.. However, Laurent Koscielny returned in arguably Arsenal's worst match in the Premier League, losing 8–2 to Manchester United F.C.. On 17 September, Koscielny scored an own goal as Arsenal lost 4–3 to Blackburn Rovers in the Barclays Premier League. But to Koscielny's credit, himself and Per Mertesacker have built a solid foundation for Arsenal's much criticised defence. Laurent Koscielny went on to pick up a man of the match display away at Olympique de Marseille, where Arsenal won 1–0 at the Stade Vélodrome, keeping their first clean sheet in a UEFA Champions League away game since 18 August 2009 against Celtic, where the Gunners had won 2–0.
On 29 October, Koscielny received praise for Laurent Koscielny solid performance in Arsenal's 5–3 away win against Chelsea F.C.. Laurent Koscielny scored Laurent Koscielny first goal in the 2011–12 season on 2 January 2012 in a 1–2 away defeat against Fulham.

International career

Koscielny was called up to the French national team on 3 February 2011. Before Laurent Koscielny call up for France, Koscielny was also eligible to play for Poland national football team and initially considered applying for Polish citizenship. In August 2010, it was reported that Laurent Koscielny had not submitted an application and cancelled a meeting with Poland national team coach Franciszek Smuda in Warsaw on August 7. Koscielny later declared that Laurent Koscielny priority was to play for France.

Koscielny was called up to the French team for the first time on on 3 February 2011, for the team's friendly versus Brazil on 9 February. Laurent Koscielny was called up to the team once more on 25 August. Koscielny earned Laurent Koscielny first appearance for the team in a friendly match against the United States on November 11. Laurent Koscielny played the entire match in a 1–0 win.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurent_Koscielny

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