Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Arsenal announce the signing of Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal have formally announced the deal which will bring defender Laurent Koscielny to the Grove from French side Lorient.

He has signed on the ubiquitously Arsenal type contract - long term for an undisclosed fee.

Koscielny will wear the number 6 shirt, vacated by Phileppe Senderos.

The defender has had a steep learning curve. Having played 40 times for Lorient last season in Ligue 1, he was at Tours and prior to that at En Avant Guingamp, both Ligue 2 sides.

The 24-year-old is uncapped and born in France. But his heritage is Polish, which means he could play for either country at international level.

The player said, upon his unveiling as an Arsenal player, said:
"I'm very excited to be joining Arsenal. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe with many great players. I'm really looking forward to playing in the English Premier League and the Champions League with my new club. 
"Also, in Arsène Wenger, Arsenal has one of the best managers in the world and I can't wait to work with him and do my best for the Arsenal supporters."
Whilst Arsene Wenger said:
"Koscielny is a central defender with great ability who performed extremely well last season for Lorient. 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 and a very strong competitor. Koscielny is a great addition to our squad."
Hat tip to the Daily Mail, who first wrote about the possible transfer on May 27.

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