Laurent Koscielny (French pronunciation: [loʁɑ̃ kosjɛlɲi]; born 10 September 1985) is a French footballer who plays for English Premier League club Arsenal and the France national football team. Koscielny is the vice-captain of Arsenal. He has been described as a clever, agile and ball-playing defender.
Koscielny was born in the city of Tulle and began his football career playing for a host of amateur and youth clubs such as Brive, Tulle Corrèze and Limoges. In 2003 he moved to Guingamp, where he made his professional debut the following year. Koscielny joined Tours for an undisclosed fee to play in the third tier of the French league in 2007 and enjoyed promotion with his new side before being named in the Ligue 2 Team of the Season the following campaign. In 2009, newly promoted Ligue 1 side Lorient signed Koscielny for around €1.7 million, and his performances caught the eye of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, who signed him in 2010. Since then, he is regarded as one of the best players in his position in the Premier League.
Koscielny was first called up to the French national team on 4 February 2011 and has since represented the country at UEFA Euro 2012, UEFA Euro 2016, and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Prior to his call-up for France, he was also eligible to play for Poland, as a result of his family roots.Close