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Arsenal set to announce £7m deal for French defender
ARSENAL are believed to be close to announcing they have signed French defender Laurent Koscielny from Lorient.
The 24-year-old centre-back has been the subject of speculation since the end of the season, but it appears the deal is now close to being finalised.
Arsene Wenger, working for the media at the World Cup in South Africa, confided: “There has been an approach for Koscielny and there still is one.”
Koscielny has played just one season in Ligue 1, having started his career with lower-league side Guingamp, and then to Lighe 2 outfit Tours.
Of Polish decent, he was voted in the Ligue 2 team of the season in 2008-09, after which Lorient moved to sign him for 1.5million euros. (Evening Standard)
So admittedly its not the big name player most Gunners fans had hoped for but perhaps its just the first of many new additions to his Emirates squad? The Lorient man is clearly a player Wenger admires the 24 year old centre back and has been trying to secure a deal for his services for the best part of a month now.
Although Koscielny is not a household name that doesn’t mean he can’t do a sterling job at Arsenal and he did help his unfashionable side to a healthy 7th spot in Ligue 1 and was more than able to make the jump from the lower leagues so there must be something Arsene sees in the well built defender that he feels will suit the Premier League.
With the likes of William Gallas and Mikel Silvestre leaving the club the Arsenal boss clearly needed to bring in new faces and is probably lining up moves for a new keeper and perhaps other signings to boot in order to bring an end to a five year silverware-less streak.