Date: 7th July 2010 at 5:56pm
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Arsenal have signed Laurent Koscielny on a long term contract from French Ligue 1 side Lorient. HURRAH!

This is great news for two reasons. To sure up a central defensive line that is looking decidedly thin after the departures of Mikel Sylvestre, Sol Campbell and William Gallas, but more importantly because it gives me something to write about and we begin to get that feeling that some real football is just around the corner.

Whoopee.

Back to our new defender.

I won’t pretend to know anything about him other than what’s been reported on Arsenal.com

He’s 24, a central defender by trade, he’s French but could play for Poland, and he likes tickling the back of his knees with ostrich feathers. Ok I made that last one up but the rest is true, I swear.

Mr Arsene of Wenger highlight the reasons for the transfer. ‘Koscielny is a central defender with great ability who performed extremely well last season for Lorient. We identified him as a very strong centre half, who has made big progress very quickly. He has shown he is mentally strong, he’s a fighter and a very strong competitor. Koscielny is a great addition to our squad.’

Sounds flipping marvelous doesn’t it.

Let’s hope this player who’s name I have no hopes of ever being able to pronounce has a good a first season as the last centre back we signed whose name I couldn’t pronounce.