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Is Arsenal’s defensive linchpin dangerously underrated in England?

Date: 29th April 2014 at 6:51pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny has never struck me as a 'top, top' defender, to paraphrase Sir Alex Ferguson's latest book. Sourced from FC Lorient for an incredibly reasonable £8million in summer 2010, for me, perhaps ignorant in my own superficialities, the Frenchman epitomises the purgatorial state between Europe's leading stars and the-best-of-the-rest that the vast majority of Arsene Wenger's sub-£10million acquisitions tend to fall firmly into. I would argue that view is fairly unanimous throughout the English footballing public, yet abroad, and rather paradoxically, another opinion appears to prevail. Throughout the current campaign, the 28 year-old has been consistently linked to the likes of PSG, Monaco and Bayern Munich, clubs whom, through the power of finance and prestige, could acquire almost any centre-back in world football that happens to tickle their transfer fancy. Through his French connection, links with the Ligue 1 big spenders are understandable. But PSG and Bayern Munich both have ambitions dominate the Champions League for the many years to come, let alone their domestic top flights, and with that goal in mind, the Arsenal centre-back certainly doesn't constitute what one could describe as an automatic or unanimous choice of defensive stalwart. Resultantly, the question must be considered - is Laurent Koscielny dangerously underrated in England? ... Read More

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