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Arsenal’s Koscielny Sees Funny Side Of Abysmal Record, Gunners Fans Not So Sure

The Frenchman finds the number of penalties he gives away amusing.

Laurent Koscielny broken a Premier League record already, despite only having arrived in the league in 2010. Unfortunately for him, its not a good one.

The French centre-back has given away an astonishing seven penalties in his four and a bit seasons in the league, and has built himself quite the reputation. Against Chelsea on Sunday Arsenal were in charge of the game until his trip on Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a penalty which changed the game. It’s hard to blame him for that one – Hazard is one of the best dribblers in the world – but his clumsy challenge almost redefined “stonewall”.

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Considering Koscielny is supposed to be the more agile counterweight to his giant partner Per Mertesacker, it’s not a good record to have. But the Frenchman sees the funny side.

“I have played about 200 games and conceded eight penalties for Arsenal and the French team,” he told the press at France’s prematch conference before their friendly against Portugal. “I don’t know if Guinness have a record for that.”

Arsenal fans might not find his bad habit so amusing; and will be happy to hear that Arsenal have today been linked with £30m Athletic centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

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