(born 10 September 1985 in Tulle
) is a French footballer
who plays as a defender
in the Premier League
En Avant de Guingamp
Koscielny began his career at En Avant de Guingamp
, playing mainly as a Right-back.
In 2007, Koscielny joined Tours FC
. Koscielny decided that he wanted a chance at centre back. During the 2008–09 season, Koscielny made 34 appearances, scoring 5 goals from defence. He was named in the best XI for Ligue 2
after the 2008–09 season.
On 16 June 2009, Ligue 1
side FC Lorient
signed Koscielny on a four-year contract for around 1.7 million euros. Over one season at the club, he scored 3 goals in 35 appearances. He scored against Bordeaux 11 minutes into the match. However, he received a red card 15 minutes later for a foul in the penalty area against Marouane Chamakh
, whom he is now teammates with at Arsenal FC
During the summer transfer window of 2010 reports began to emerge in late June that a deal had been reached to bring Koscielny to English club Arsenal
for a reported sum of £8.45 million. French daily Ouest-France
reported on 5 July 2010 that Koscielny was participating in training with Arsenal's reserve and youth teams, pending the official announcement of his transfer. Arsenal confirmed the signing on 7 July 2010 and Koscielny was handed the club's No. 6 shirt, previously worn by Phillipe Senderos
, who moved to......