Arsenal Player Spotlight – The amazing Laurent Koscielny

Why Arsenal’s Koscielny Is A World-Beater! by AT

Heading into Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City on Monday night, much of the talk was about a fit-again Sergio Aguero leading the line for Manuel Pellegrini’s men. But on the pitch, the Argentine was largely ineffective thanks to the excellent defensive play of Laurent Koscielny, who was brilliant on the night as Arsenal saw off the threat of City to go within two points of the summit.

Playing against one of the League’s most potent attacks, the Frenchman made countless vital tackles, shrewd interceptions and won most of his duels as the Gunners kept the City attack at bay for most of the game. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of his game on Monday night was his ability to see passes and start attacks.

Apart from his fizzed pass to Mesut Ozil from the half-way line which led to Arsenal’s opener, Koscielny provided a sumptuous diagonal ball to send Campbell in on goal, a chance which the Costa Rican could have done better with. In addition to his technical qualities, the 30-year-old is also blessed with the ability to make driving runs from the back and initiate attacks, as we saw in the game against City.

In my opinion, we have a world-beater of a central defender in our possession. Apart from being strong defensively and technically sound, Laurent is also someone who can see a defence-splitting pass from the back and has the ability to beat a man or two. Koscielny is also lethal in the air and very quick across the grass, which enables him to make fast recoveries.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that ‘Bosscielny’ is the best defender in England at the moment and the best to wear an Arsenal shirt in the past decade. Without a doubt, he is the type of defender a manager can build his team around. Here’s hoping he will stay at the Emirates throughout his prime and continue being the bedrock of the Gunners’ defence.


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  1. The Boss’ runs, sometimes leave me thinking of how good he can be as a DM. The way he drives forward with the ball,and his defensive work makes me think he can be an super DM.

  2. “Bosscielny has been a “key factor” for us at the back making some crucial tackles and great interceptions to keep us in the game against our opponents with world class defending at times! May he continue to go from strength to strength for the arsenal cause! Much respect to him! Coyg!

  3. Remember when he was “Mr. Owngoal” Dude’s come a long way from that. My fave Gunner…Just loved it when he slapped Ukrainian player(Kucher) in the WC payoffs…Priceless Kos…

  4. He has came on unbelievebly in the last 2-3years! Unknown when wenger bought him and seemed like a bad buy with some of the errors and own goals but what mental strength to now be our most valuable defender ,and the best, we have had in close to a decade! Fair play to The Boss another wenger star he made!!

  5. I use to be mistaking wenger for koscielny when they address him as BOSS on Arsenal dot com. Sorry Arsene but kos is the BOSS you are a manager.

  6. Koscielny is the best defender in the league right now.That is no exaggeration at all.its the very fact…his confidence level is high at the moment and in the game against city he showed it.not many central defenders carry the ball to the halfway line with that bravery…He kept Aguero in his pocket all day,But do we say.!!

  7. there is never a good CB, but a good backline. All 4 players must tick, LB, CB,CB RB. Chelsea has one of the best backline in the EPL, but Ivanovic has been struggling of late, making players like Terry, Courtois, Zouma, Azpilicueta like shit.

    defense is all.about partnership, understanding, concentration. that iswhy defense are rarely subbed during the game unless for obvious reasons.

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