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Laurent Koscielny – Analysis Of ‘Bosscielny’ + Rating Out Of 10

An analysis of Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny during his time at the club along with a rating out of 10 for his performances this season. Guest blog post.

Guest blog post by @totallyArsenal for

Hi Gooners. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be writing my views on every Arsenal player to have played over 20 games this season and will give my own rating out of 10 for each. Today, I look at French centre back Laurent Koscielny.

Laurent Koscielny

Kos - excellent this season

Laurent Koscielny:

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 his Arsenal career he eventually formed a partnership with Johan Djourou after Thomas Vermaelen got injured.

In the first few months, Koscielny was starting to warm to the fans until the February 27th 2011. Arsenal finally got to Wembley in the final of the Carling Cup and faced an average Brimingham side. Despite being below par for much of the game, our first trophy in six years was within touching distance 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 Cup.

A lot of fans were venting their anger in Laurent’s direction 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 be the later 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 so far this campaign. 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 he is keeping people like Messi, Ba, Aguero, Suarez, Holt and Drogba in his back pocket. Gooners even renamed him as “Bosscielny”.

Let’s be honest, 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. I hope they can continue their partnership next season.

My rating for Koscielny this season: 8.5/10



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  2. Henry

    April 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Besides writing the number of tackles made, I don’t see much of an analysis in the text?

  3. Legolas

    April 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    glad to read about Koscienly 😀 he is a great defender

  4. Bangladesh

    April 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    One of the best defenders in the Premier League!

  5. Ozzie

    April 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Arsenal have not had a proper DM since Gilberto and they are still hopelessly vulnerable to counter-attacks & straight balls through the middle (witness goals against Newcastle, QPR & Wigan). Koscielny would be ideal for this role as he anticipates & intercepts extremely well…and he would defend the crucial space in front of the centrebacks when Arsenal lose the ball…

    • Jack

      April 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      good analysis Ozzie

    • Andre

      April 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Rubbish, Song is one of the best DM in the PL, if you actually watch a game you see how much defensive work he does. think about how many times our full backs get forward who is covering their position Song and even when our CB are getting more and more adventurous who is in the CB position covering them Song.

      the age of the Claude Makélélé player with no creativity is dead.

  6. Dennis10

    April 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Nice article, yes koscielny is an unsung hero and deserves alot of credit for his good perfomances of late. Gooners4life

  7. Tubbs Muyera

    April 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I totally agree with Ozzie, Koscienly should play in the DM position and let the more creative song play in an advanced role, or better still play him and song together shielding the back four. Bring in Vertogen or Zapata then we are a match for any team.

  8. Andre

    April 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Koscienly, IS NOT A DM HE IS A CB!!! its like saying VP is a AM or winger or Verminator is a LB or LM yes they can play there but it doesnt work and there are players better suited for the job. Let CB be CB and let DM be DM, having to swap and swich world class players to different positions is what got us into this mess ( that and Y. Djourou)

  9. Shafiu

    April 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    nice article Kosleny really deserved more. He the best among all our dependers. Also I am eager to how will you rate Remsey.

  10. sam

    April 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Best defender in the EPL this season, no doubt. Excellent in the air and deceptively strong on his feet. Ramsey can’t be rated more than 4, he’s been awful this season yet wenger plays him so often. Why??

  11. majority

    April 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I like Koscielny. when he gets bored with marking an inactive striker he just goes to the middle of the park and tackle someone.

  12. Yemi

    April 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Laurent is a gud defender anyday,anytime.

  13. Mixer

    April 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Kolscieny best defensive monster!!!!

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