Laurent Koscielny is a French footballer who plays as a defender for Arsenal. Though he primarily plays as a centre back, he also doubles as a right back and is often described as an aggressive, uncompromising and a ball-playing defender. His career began in 2004 with Guingamp; three years and barely forty appearances later, Koscielny dropped down to the French third tier. In 2007, Koscielny joined Tours FC and made 34 appearances, scoring 5 goals from defence during the 2008-09 season. On 16 June 2009, newly promoted Ligue 1 side FC Lorient signed Koscielny on a four-year contract for around €1.7 million. On 7 March 2009 Koscielny tapped in his first Ligue 1 goal against Olympique Marseille at Stade Vélodrome in the 65th minute in a 1–1 draw. In July 2010, Arsenal bought Koscienly to bring up the number of centre backs on the team. Koscielny made his debut in European competition on 15 September 2010, when he partnered Sébastien Squillaci in a 6–0 win over Braga at Emirates Stadium.Koscielny was praised for performances against Sunderland and made a brilliant tackle against Tottenham to stop Aaron Lennon from scoring during their League Cup tie. On 24 July 2012, he extended his contract with Arsenal for five years. Koscielny was called up to the French national team on 4 February 2011.