Arsenal 2010-11 Summer Transfer: Laurent Koscielny Scouting Report

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Arsenal 2010-11 Summer Transfer: Laurent Koscielny Scouting Report

My first emotion when Arsenal confirmed that they had made an offer for Laurent Koscielny was quiet confidence.

Sure, playing for Ligue 1 side Lorient in 2009-10 and in Ligue 2 for the two seasons prior, he was on the periphery of my European footballing consciousness. However, in Arsene I trust, as the proverb goes.

After all, I'd only seen Thomas Vermaelen play a few times before Wenger plucked him out of Amsterdam last June—think of what he's done in his one season at the Emirates. In fact, think of all the shrewd personnel moves and player acquisitions Wenger has made over the last few seasons and throughout his tenure at Arsenal.

Wenger knows how to play the market, and coming (indirectly) from Ligue 1 himself, he is particularly well-connected in France. He is also an excellent scout who possesses a keen eye for talent.

If Wenger were a chef, he would be the kind that wakes up early, cycles to the farmers' market, and selects all his own ingredients for the day's menu. He knows what he's doing.

Despite my faith in le Prof, since credible media outlets have suggested that the 24-year-old Koscielny will join Arsenal some time this week, I've scoured the internet in search of written accounts and video highlights of Lorient's young No. 4. After watching hours of video and reading as many relevant English language match reports as possible, I've been able to form my own impressions of his tendencies, strengths, weaknesses, and potential contribution.

In the following slideshow, I've sought to elucidate Koscielny's strongest and weakest points, as I see them, using a series of clips from his season with Lorient. See if you come to the same, similar, or radically different conclusions about what he brings to the table.

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