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Laurent Koscielny

28-Year-Old Defender     Arsenal  Premier


STATUS:  Game-Time Decision   INJURY:  Achilles    EST. RETURN:  8/23/2014
Birthdate:  September 10, 1985    Birthplace:  Tulle, France
Nationality:  France    Height:  6' 1"    Weight:  165 lbs    

August 19, 2014    Laurent Koscielny News

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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.

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

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.

August 14, 2014

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Koscielny "had a knock on his Achilles" but he is still expected to play in Arsenal's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday.

Koscielny is a stable force in the center of the Arsenal back line, so his presence Saturday is certainly a plus.

May 9, 2014

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Koscielny signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal on Friday, the club's official web site reports.

Koscielny has been a rock in central defense for Arsenal this season and he will be a mainstay in the back line for years to come.

April 29, 2014

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Koscielny scored in the 26th minute of Arsenal's 3-0 win against Newcastle on Monday.

Koscielny opened the scoring by finding the end of a free-kick to finish from close range. Following the goal, Koscielny celebrated by joyfully punting the ball into the stands, a decision that earned him a yellow card. While the Frenchman has two goals on the season, his fantasy stock lies in Arsenal's proven ability to keep clean sheets, an accomplishment achieved once again Monday.

April 21, 2014

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Arsenal has opened contract discussions with Koscielny focused on an improved deal for the defender, reports the Daily Mail.

Koscielny has three years remaining on his current contract, and a new deal would bring his pay in line with other top earners in the club. Reports have suggested there are a number of teams watching the defender, so Arsenal made the move to reaffirm his happiness.

April 15, 2014

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Koscielny has recovered from his calf injury and is in the starting XI for Tuesday's match against West Ham.

Koscielny has not played since suffering the injury back on March 22 against Chelsea, but his presence will be a huge boost for an Arsenal squad who needs to pick it up defensively for the stretch run.