Koscielny doesn’t score very often but when he does they’re important.
Despite being one half of arguably the best defensive partnership in the Premier League, Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has a bizarre goal-scoring record.
Not that the centre-back finds the net often – with the 28-year-old having scored 10 times in his entire Gunners career – but when the Frenchman does, they’re generally important.
In the past two seasons goals from Koscielny have clinched the north London club’s place in the Champions League places and this time around the defender wants to go one better.
“I took the bet on that I’ll score the goal that will make us champions because for the last two seasons I’ve got the goals that have got us into the Champions League,” the France international told the Sun.
“In 2012 I scored the winner in our final game at West Brom and last year I scored the only goal at Newcacstle.
“Both times those goals clinched our place in the top four so hopefully I can score an even more important one this year in our last game at Norwich.”
Alongside defensive partner Per Mertesacker the duo have become a formidable force at the back for Arsene Wenger’s team and the side haven’t lost their last 30 matches with the pair both playing.
The 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday was the 10th clean-sheet the club have kept this season with the two in defence and restored Wenger’s men at the top of the table.
An extremely hard run in is coming up for Arsenal however, with games against Liverpool (twice), Manchester United and Bayern Munich coming up in February, so Koscielny and Mertesacker will need to stay sharp.
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