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Arsenal Sign Unpronounceable Defender

Arsenal Sign Unpronounceable Defender

Arsenal have signed Laurent Koscielny on a long term contract from French Ligue 1 side Lorient. HURRAH!

This is great news for two reasons. To sure up a central defensive line that is looking decidedly thin after the departures of Mikel Sylvestre, Sol Campbell and William Gallas, but more importantly because it gives me something to write about and we begin to get that feeling that some real football is just around the corner.


Back to our new defender.

I won't pretend to know anything about him other than what's been reported on

He's 24, a central defender by trade, he's French but could play for Poland, and he likes tickling the back of his knees with ostrich feathers. Ok I made that last one up but the rest is true, I swear.

Mr Arsene of Wenger highlight the reasons for the transfer. '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.'

Sounds flipping marvelous doesn't it.

Let's hope this player who's name I have no hopes of ever being able to pronounce has a good a first season as the last centre back we signed whose name I couldn't pronounce.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday July 7 2010
Time: 5:55PM


Some real Arsenal news...? I don't believe it.
07/07/2010 18:00:00
Yay...I hope he is a fighter, hustler, hangs around TV and not Diaby and Nasri (if you know what i mean) softies.
07/07/2010 18:01:00
and to addd to that, he is called Kos by his former teammates.
07/07/2010 18:04:00
Now THAT, I can pronounce! ....... I think.
07/07/2010 18:06:00
Brilliant news!! I'm happy with any DEFENDER the boss decides to sign, whether I've seen him play or am able to pronounce his name, or not, no problem at all!!
07/07/2010 18:09:00
Another spelling nightmare.. where are the Adams' Dixons and Boulds?
07/07/2010 18:10:00
Is it definetely confirmed that Sol has left and his contract wont be renewed?? On the subject of this signing, I am chuffed but still reckon that AW should sign another CB to give us a bit more depth.
07/07/2010 18:12:00
Sol's contract has finished so if we haven't renewed it by now it's highly unlikely it would be done in the future. Of course I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
07/07/2010 18:16:00
Well that being the case hopefully Koscielny will be one of two CB's that AW brings in this summer to shore up the defence.
07/07/2010 18:28:00
So he's given the famous Arsenal no. 6 shirt... I wonder if it was offered to anyone else, specifically I think Song deserves a single digit number as our first choice DM
07/07/2010 18:56:00
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