Thursday, July 8, 2010

Arsenal complete signing of Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny in £8.5m deal

Arsenal have completed an £8.5million deal for uncapped Lorient centre back Laurent Koscielny.

Arsene Wenger has been looking for cover at the back, having released William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre and with Sol Campbell mulling over a one-year deal.

Koscielny, born in France but also qualified for Poland, was voted best player in Ligue 2 in 2009 while at Tours and played 35 games for Lorient last season in Ligue 1.

Wenger said: ‘Koscielny is a central defender with great ability. We identified him as a very strong centre half, who has made big progress very quickly.

'He has shown he is mentally strong. He’s a fighter.’ Koscielny said: ‘I’m very excited to be joining Arsenal.
'They are one of the biggest teams in Europe.’

DailyMail, UK

Let's hope Arsene are brewing another talent for Arsenal. Hope Koscielny will form a good defensive partnership with Thomas Vermaelen and ends their trophy drought. Come on Arsenal, go Gunners !!!

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