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End of Season Report Laurent Koscielny

May 18, 2012

Laurent Koscielny

  • Born September 10, 1985 Tulle, France
  • Position Defender
  • Squad Number 6
  • Previous Club(s) En Avant Guingamp, Tours, Lorient
  • Joined Arsenal July 07, 2010

Laurent Koscielny signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2010.  He had just been voted Ligue 2 Player of the Year and moved to Lorient , had a great first season in French Ligue 1 before coming to Arsenal.

From the moment I saw Koscielny in the Emirates Cup, I could see a player. Kos  is a quick-thinking player who reads the game well and can turn defence into attack quickly. He is without  doubt comfortable in possession and loves to bring the ball out from the back .  In his competitive debut against Liverpool he was sent off in the 94th minute for a second bookable offence. I thought at the time is was the ref making up for sending off Joe Cole earlier in the match. Both of his yellow cards were in injury time.  He scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 4–1 win against Bolton.

Koscielny made his Champions League debut in a 6–0 win over Braga. later that season Koscielny was given a straight red card in Arsenal’s 0–1 loss at home against Newcastle United, his second sending off of the season.

Koscielny scored the 2nd goal in the 3–0 win over Ipswich Town in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg.  Koscielny then had arguably his best performance in an Arsenal-shirt against Barcelona in Champions League where as the game went on Lionel Messi hoped into his shorts pocket, where Kos let him out and the entered the tunnel at the end of the game. The match ended in a 2–1 home win for Arsenal (oh what a night!!!). Koscielny’s performances were being applauded and praised by many in the media. Arsenal-legend and former defender, Martin Keown  said his performance was

 “impressive” and “magnificent throughout”.

In the Carling Cup Final Kos was involved in the goal that handed the cup to Birmingham where there he had mix-up between himself  and Szczęsny and Martin’s was there to stick the ball into an empty net.  This left Arsenal looking distraught and from there on in the end of the season was almost a mitigated disaster as Arsenal managed to keep a top four spot and keeping out the mob from down the road.

Koscielny started this season well with the now fit TV5 . In the  home match with Liverpool he was injured and replaced after 10 mins. Liverpool went onto win the match after Frimpong has been sent off (they could only beat us with 10 men). Kos was back for the next league match and with hindsight you can bet he wished he never bothered as a scratch Arsenal side took on United at OT. I was on my way back from Turkey at the time on my 54th birthday. Arsenal got trounced 8-2. Happy birthday me.

A few weeks later Kos scored an OG (as did Songinho) v Blackburn away as Arsenal collapsed from what was looking a comfortable match and in control to lose 3-4. Kos went off with an injury just before half time away to Milan in the Champions League as Milan won 4-0  to take charge of the tie. He scored his first Champions League goal against AC Milan in a 3-0 victory in the return leg as a super performance form Arsenal almost won Arsenal through. Kos scored the winner in a 3-2 win against West Brom to make sure that Arsenal finished third in the Premier League.  No more than he deserved after a fine season.

K6 quotes

“I feel I’m in the best form of my life,” he said. “I’ve improved a lot. I keep working on the basics, my controls and my passes. I’m also more rigorous.”

“I have had a bit of time now to be strong and get to know this league,” he said. “Now I feel good on and off the pitch and I try to put the effort into being a good defender.”

” he said. “This is the most difficult championship for a defender – there are a lot of strikers with different styles so it took me a year to learn and now I think I’m better

Thomas Vermaelen said “He is a great player. I think we know each other’s qualities so at the moment it is going well. He has done amazing this season.”

Kos for me has been our joint second best player with Arteta and just behind RVP this season. Kos has had his critics both media and Arsenal fans and boy has he had them. Kos has improved no end and though he does still make the odd mistake here and there, overall he has become a very solid player for Arsenal. Some of his last-ditch tackles have been a big feature of his game. He is very comfortable on the ball, very rarely look flustered and an opponent forward has to have a very good game to get one over on Kos. With a fully fit, Kos. TV5 and The BFG this should be a good set of center backs next season so long as they stay injury free. I would also say that, though all three are in their own right very good players, they need to work more as team as too many silly goals are being scored, such as the two v WBA away. Also a bit more assistance from the defensive side of the midfield would not go amiss..

Marks out of 10 (8.5)

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