Laurent Koscielny: Top ten facts!

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The things you need to know about Arsenal's newest signing...

1. Arsenal have signed him from French club Lorient for a fee of £10 million – the same amount they paid for Thomas Vermaelen last summer!

2. He started his career at left-back, but has gone to another level since moving to the centre of defence!

3. He was playing in the third tier of French football just over a year ago, but he moved to Lorient last summer and has started getting noticed!

4. He scored four goals for Lorient last season, and also earned rave reviews for his tackling and heading!

5. His managed last season was Christian Gourcuff, father of current French star Yoann!

6. When Koscielny first heard about Arsenal’s interest, he begged Lorient to let the transfer happen!

7. The Arsenal board sealed the deal a few days ago, but Arsene Wenger couldn’t give final approval because he’s been in South Africa and left his mobile phone at home!

8. Koscielny will wear the No.6 shirt at Arsenal, which was previously worn by Swiss stopper Philippe Senderos!

9. Lorient signed Koscielny for just £1.25 million last summer – they made an 800% profit on him!1

10. He can choose to play international football for France, the country of his birth, or Poland, the country of his ancestors!

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