There will be at least three Arsenal players involved in the World Cup quarter finals in Brazil, after FRance booked their place with a hard fought win against Nigeria. So Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud join our young Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell into the last eight of the competition.
Both of the Arsenal men started the game for Didier Deschamps’ France. Giroud in his usual centre forward role with potential Arsenal target Karim Benzema on the left of him. Although they linked up well with the rest of the French attack and created the better chances, it was not quite clicking for them. Giroud hardly had a sniff at goal although he was involved in most of their moves. .......Read the full article here
While quite a few of the current Arsenal players, and those being linked with us in Arsenal transfer rumours by the media, have had a World Cup tournament to forget, the Gunners still have good reasons to watch the rest of the games in Brazil. Even more reason than the usual one of being starved of football during the summer, anyway.
One of the surprises of the competition so far has been the France side. After nearly blowing their hopes of going to Brazil in the play-offs, Didier Deschamps and his players seem to have formed a tight knit group and have produced some of the most exciting and effective football so far, and that is great news for Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
Maybe I am reading too much into the situation, or worrying too much about it because it involves one of my favourite Gunners, Laurent Koscielny. After last night, though, when France booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a thumping 5-2 win over Switzerland, I fear for his place in the starting XI of Didier Deschamps.
First of all, I think the Arsenal centre back was unlucky not to start, but the manager seems to prefer the Liverpool defender Sakho and Rafael Varane of Real Madrid. Both are good players but I would take Koss the boss over either of them. Sakho especially looks susceptible to a howler at any minute. .......Read the full article here
At the start of the second leg of the World Cup play-offs, not many people gave the Arsenal trio of Olivier Giroud, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny much of a chance of going to Brazil for the World Cup finals. Then France pulled off an amazing comeback, but Koscielny still looked set to miss out.
The Arsenal centre back had been sent off at the end of the first leg, meaning the usual three match ban would see him miss the second leg against Ukraine and the first two games of the group stage. Didier Deschamps may well have decided to take someone else or else the starters would keep their places, but the 28-year old was thanking his lucky stars when given a ban of just one game. .......Read the full article here
We know that the Arsenal and France striker, Olivier Giroud, needs confidence to perform at his best, and the last two seasons with Arsenal and France have really helped to build it. His club form, and the trust that Arsene Wenger have put in him have made him a serious contender to start for France at the World Cup finals in Brazil, while some key international goals, like the one against Spain, have seen him come back with renewed vigour for the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
Well Arsenal fans, as nightmare starts go, that was a real belter. The Arsenal players might as well have been sitting in the stands watching, as we hardly had a kick before Hull took an early lead from a corner. And the Gunners were still sleepily yawning and rubbing sleep out of their eyes when we went two down.
Wenger’s decision to keep Fabianski as his FA cup was looking sentimental at best, as the older of our Poles should have just put the ball round the post instead of tapping it nicely into Curtis Davies’ path. But what a cracker from Santi Cazorla! .......Read the full article here
Despite Arsenal Football Club having coming through the lean years and not having to sell off the crown jewels any more, Gooners still have the twice yearly worry that some bigger fish, or shark, will come along and gobble up one or our stars.
But we have one less thing to worry about today, as the club has officially announced on Arsenal.com that star defender Laurent Koscielny has put pen to paper on a new long term contract that should see him playing at the Emirates for another five years. His new salary has not been officially announced, but will certainly have increased from the £50,000 a week the Frenchman currently earns. .......Read the full article here
He has come a long way in his football career so far, but Arsenal must make sure that our superb central defender Laurent Koscielny does not go any further. According to rumours from Spain, that may not be easy, as the Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, who seem to have an unlimited supply of euros to spend every summer, have identified the Arsenal and France star as the ideal man to replace their hot headed Portuguese international Pepe. .......Read the full article here
For many Arsenal fans, Laurent Koscielny should have been voted as the Man of the Match against Newcastle last night. Not only did he score the opening goal, with a determined run and finish to Santi Cazorla’s well taken free kick, but he put in his usual commanding performance at the back that gives the Gunners a solid foundation to make their pretty passing patterns on.
But according to Koscielny, what really made the Arsenal team tick were the two players in the middle of the pitch who have been missing with injury problems. Aaron Ramsey has not taken long to remind the fans and football pundits just why he won five Arsenal player of the moth awards in a row before picking up that thigh problem on Boxing Day. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 3 v 0 Newcastle Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Happy St Totteringham’s Day Gooners! For the 19th consecutive season Arsenal finish above rivals Spurs and can secure entry into next season’s Champions League qualification play-offs with a win next weekend.
Arsenal cruised to a relatively straight forward win over Newcastle with two second half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, before Olivier Giroud completed the 3-0 scoreline midway through the second half. .......Read the full article here
There was a cagey start to this game, with neither Arsenal nor Arsenal seeming to know whether to go for it or kep it tight. The onus was on the Gunners, though, being at home and needing the points for that final Champions League spot.
But as Newcastle failed to threaten much at all, Arsenal could get forward without too much concern. We were playing some nice football, with Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, without really battering on the door for a goal. But it was coming, and when it turned up it was from the unlikely source of a set piece; Koscielny getting on the end of a great ball from Cazorla. .......Read the full article here
It seems that Arsenal are going to face a fight to keep Laurent Koscielny at the club this summer, with the Telegraph reporting this morning that the likes of PSG, Monaco and the mighty Bayern Munich are set to try and persuade him to move onwards and upwards at the end of the season.
They report that Koscielny is the lowest paid centre-back at the Emirates earning a paltry £50,000 a week, and unless the Gunners can give him a massive wage rise then Europe’s elite clubs will be more than willing to pay him what he is obviously worth in today’s climate. .......Read the full article here