Wednesday, 15 September 2010

It's a big game for: Laurent Koscielny

The French defender has had a pretty solid start to his Arsenal career but tomorrow night will be his first taste of Champions League footballer.

It is a swift elevation for the 25-year-old. Two seasons ago he was playing second division French football with Tours FC and during the last campaign he played 35 league games for Lorient in Ligue one.

Now, five days after his birthday, he'll walk on to the pitch at the Grove to face Sporting Braga in his Champions League debut.

It will be a test for Koscielny. He has been at fault for two of the goals Arsenal have conceded in the Premier League.

But arguably he's had three decent overall performances when he's stepped out on to the pitch in an Arsenal shirt.

I think he's grown as a player in those games. He's learnt from his mistakes and not repeated the error again.

His pace and awareness helps get himself out of situations where an attacker has gotten the better of him.

The rigors of playing Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers back to back, all be it with an international break in between, will have given him a real taste of what the Premier League is all about.

Tomorrow night he will face a different test. I believe it is one he will step up and conquer.

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