Laurent Koscielny joined Arsenal at the beginning of last season and many fans thought he would never be where he is today after a slow start to the season but eventually formed a partnership with Johan Djourou after Thomas Vermaelen got injured.
After the first few months, Koscielny was starting to warm to the fans until February 27th. Arsenal finally got to Wembley and faced an average Brimingham side and an upset was never going to be on the cards. Until the 90th minute, when a mix up between Koscielny and Szczesny let the ball slip free to Obafemi Martins who scored the easiest goal of his life and gave Birmingham the League Cup.
Laurent was hated. A lot of fans were saying hurtful things but by myself, I thought, this could go two ways, it could either ruin his career or it could make him come back twice as strong. And it turned out to that he'd come back twice as strong as he improved in every game until the end of the season and had one of his best games to date against Barcelona, keeping Lionel Messi in his back pocket.
This season, the 25 year-old has been the spine of Arsenal's defence and has even managed to grab himself a goal and an assist. His goal happened to be Arsenal's first of 2012. The talented defender has been up there with Kompany and Lescott this season and has made 78 tackles in 29 games this season. 20 more than Kompany (58) and 30 more than Lescott (48).
What I like most about Koscielny is that he is so underrated and strikers don't see him as a threat but when they face him, they struggle as much as they would against the likes of Puyol. A lot of people joke about him on Twitter saying about him keeping people like Messi, Ba, Aguero, Suarez, Holt and Drogba in his back pocket. Gooners even renamed him as "Bosscielny"
Let's be honest, apart from Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll, of course, Koscielny is by far the most improved player of the season. His partnership with Vermaelen has been vital in our run to 3rd place and many Arsenal lovers would say he's been just as good, if not better than Vermaelen this season.
As you all know, Jan Vertonghen is heavily linked with Arsenal and is said to have agreed personal terms, but at least 70% of people on Twitter say they don't want him because Koscielny is better or something like that.
But we'd be stupid not to buy him seeing as his cousin is Thomas Vermaelen and he can play LB and CDM too.
We are always dealt with injury blows too, so he would bolster our defence and hopes of fighting for the title next season.
My rating for the French centre back: 8.5/10
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