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Laurent Koscielny

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Birthdate:  September 10, 1985    Birthplace:  Tulle, France    Nationality:  France    Height:  6' 1"    Weight:  165 lbs    

October 1, 2014    Laurent Koscielny News

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Koscielny played the entirety of Wednesday 4-1 win over Galatasaray.

The France international defender wasn't rested for the game and came through the match successfully to boost manager Arsene Wenger's side ahead of the London derby with Chelsea this weekend.

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Laurent Koscielny: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

September 29, 2014

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Koscielny could be rested for Arsenal's Champions League match against Galatasaray on Wednesday as he continues to deal with an Achilles tendon issue, reports.

The Arsenal back line have had a number of problems this season, so losing Koscielny in such an important match would be a big letdown With Calum Chambers filling in for Mathieu Debuchy already and Nacho Monreal dealing with a back injury, Arsenal may need to call on youngster Hector Bellerin again.

September 21, 2014

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Koscielny nabbed his first clean sheet of the season in Arsenal's 3-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Koscielny and the Arsenal defense have struggled to register clean sheets this season, and they unfortunately have a tough stretch coming up against Tottenham, Chelsea and Hull City in Premier League play.

September 16, 2014

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Koscielny returned from a head injury to start and play all 90 minutes of Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet this season with Koscielny on the pitch, but he'll get a decent chance Saturday against Aston Villa if he can make it through Tuesday's Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund unscathed.

August 31, 2014

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Koscielny suffered a head injury during Arsenal's Premier League match against Leicester City on Sunday, but manager Arsene Wenger confirmed after the match that he did not suffer a concussion. "No, he was not concussed," Wenger said. "He had a little opening on the top of his head."

Koscielny was bleeding from the shot he took, but it's encouraging that he avoided a concussion. Thankfully for Arsenal, they don't play again until after the international break, although they return to a tough home match against Manchester City on Sept. 13.

August 19, 2014

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Koscielny (Achilles) has been included in Arsenal's squad to face Besiktas in Tuesday's Champions League qualifier, the club's official Twitter account reports.

Koscielny has been nursing a minor Achilles ailment for the past week, but played the entirety of Arsenal's Premiership season opener Saturday and looks primed to start Tuesday's crucial Champions League encounter as well. The Frenchman is once again expected to partner youngster Calum Chambers, since first-choice center-half Per Mertesacker (rest) did not travel to Turkey.

August 18, 2014

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Koscielny (Achilles) trained with Arsenal on Monday ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas in Turkey on Tuesday, Sky Sports reports.

Koscielny missed a few training sessions last week to rest an Achilles injury, but was able to play in Saturday's Premiership opener versus Crystal Palace. While the ailment still isn't fully recovered, the Frenchman was able to return to practice Monday. Nonetheless, Koscielny is considered questionable for Tuesday's Champions League match and his status probably won't be known until closer to kick-off. Should he be ruled out, manager Arsene Wenger could rush Per Mertesacker back from his post-World Cup schedule to feature alongside offseason signing Calum Chambers.

August 17, 2014

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Koscielny headed in Alexis' free kick one minute into first-half stoppage time during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Koscielny was dealing with an Achilles' injury heading into the match, although it was never expected to keep him out. The goal was a solid score, although expecting a big offensive season from Koscielny is probably not in the cards. Up next is a tough matchup on the road against Everton.