Arsenal birthday boy is just getting going – GOOD!

The Arsenal and France international star Laurent Koscielny can thank his lucky stars that he turned out to be a defender, and a central defender at that, because only goal keepers have a longer shelf life as professional footballers than centre backs.

Koscielny is determined to eke out every precious moment of his playing career, and who can blame him as he is one of those rare players in the modern game that has worked their way right up to the very top from the bottom rung of the ladder.

On the eve of his 30th birthday, Koscielny must be very proud of the way he stuck in and worked hard to work his way from the third tier of French football (roughly equivalent to a drunken kickabout on a Spanish beach) to the heights of the Premier League and back to back FA cup trophy wins.

Far from resting on his laurels, though, the combative Frenchman is looking ahead and is determined to carry on for many years. He knows that he will have to look after himself and adapt his training methods as he gets older, but he is confident that his time in the Arsenal first team is far from being over.

Koscielny told Arsenal Player, “Footballer or not, after 30 is a big part of your life. For a footballer it is important as you are closer to the end of your career than you are to the start. But, I feel like a young man.

“I’m nearly 30 but my body is ready to play more games, just the age has changed. I try to work hard and to be ready for training and the games and when you are older you need to work harder in training before the session and after.

“I can see the older players like Petr Cech or Mikel Arteta before and after training and it can help [extend] your career [to work hard like them].

“I think it is true because you have played a lot of games before and you are more experienced. When you play in the Premier League against a lot of big teams and in the Champions League every game can help you to be better.”

Arsenal fans are certainly hoping that Kos the boss is around for many more years as he has overcome a shaky start at the club to be undoubtedly our best defender and one of the best in the EPL. So enjoy your birthday Laurent, but go easy on the cake and champagne will you?

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  1. Cathyman says:

    His birthday wish may be…….

    Go get a bunch of better strikers so that I don’t need to work so fuxking hard every game to preserve the draw……

  2. davidnz says:

    Koz is a top player.
    He is a survivor.
    7 goal keepers, several CB’s
    a variety of wing backs
    DM’s and deep lying play makers.
    He has been a constant in a sometimes
    flaky defensive line but through it all
    he has stayed strong and consistent.
    Kos is one of the few in the squad
    who totally deserves his salary.

    1. josh37 says:

      Haha he really hasn’t. Damn people have short memories.
      Not slating him at all as I think he’s developed into one of the best CB’s in the league… Though it wasn’t that long ago he was the most error prone CB in the league, and an error in the cup final led to an important defeat in the middle of a long drought. There were many cries of ‘not Arsenal quality.’ As I said, not trying to take anything away from the player he’s been the last few seasons, and will likely be for us this season, but it’s been pretty far from smooth sailing to get to where he is.
      It’s almost as if… A player Wenger showed consistent faith in came through.. Funny that!!

      1. Goonsquad8 says:

        Well said @josh every time he played I expected him to make a massive mistake! but now he truly is one of the worlds best CB’s. Even though he hasn’t lost a step you can see he is a MUCH smarter player and reads the game very well, I think Mert has rubbed off on him in that aspect

  3. Gigi2 says:

    We better in epl and ucl soon. Don’t want Los to retire without them

    1. Budd says:

      Happy BDay, Boss!
      PS: for my haters here, I was not talking about Wenger.

  4. fred cowardly says:

    I remember several years ago when he completely OWNED Messi when we played Barcelona

    He is definitely one of our 5 WC players and very important to our defense

    Happy Birthday Bosscielny

  5. Demwan Jones says:

    Happy birthday kos i wish u the best, on another note arsenal will donate £1 from every ticket sold against stoke to help the refugees. What is it with arsenal and £1?

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