By Emma Sanders
Laurent Koscielny has admitted it was a “risk” for Arsenal to sign him in 2010.
The Frenchman was playing his football in Ligue 2 prior to his move to London but believes Arsene Wenger’s gamble has paid off.
The Gunners central defender, 31, signed for the club six years ago from Lorient and although he originally struggled to make an impact in England, he has developed into one of the team’s most important players.
Koscielny hopes he has paid back the faith shown in him by Wenger.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Koscielny said of his manager: “He gave me a chance to play for a big club like Arsenal.
“He took the risk to buy me from a small club like Lorient, he shaped me and helped me grow as a player and as a man.
“Every weekend I try to prove that he was right to trust me for this club. I try to do my best on the pitch.
“I think he won his bet,” Koscielny added.
Since making the switch, Koscielny has made over 180 appearances for the Gunners and has started every league game for the club this season.
He’s already scored two goals for them from set-pieces this season but Koscielny has always been an aerial threat for Arsenal, netting 17 goals in total.
The centre-back helped the club win their first trophy in a decade when Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014 and Koscielny remained an important player when they retained the trophy a year later.
It’s unclear how long Koscielny has on his Arsenal contract but he’s believed to be penned to the club until 2019.
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