Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny's striking revelation

Laurent Koscielny

The Frenchman has revealed that he started out playing football as a striker.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been one of their more consistent players over the past 12 months or so. The French international is sorely missed when out through injury and has become an integral member of the Arsenal team.

A quick, intelligent, ball-playing central defender - he is the modern option that every team aspires to have in their line-up.

But the former Lorient man was not always a swashbuckling central defender.

Arsenal held a question and answer session with several of their big stars yesterday, including Koscielny.

He was asked if he had ever played as a striker and revealed that he had indeed reverted backward from the front to the back end of the field:

In fairness, it does occasionally show. Koscielny certainly scores his fair share of goals. He has three in 23 games this season, which is the same amount as he managed in the entirety of the 2013-14 season - 16 goals over all in his Arsenal career.

Of course he would like to add more to his game but as long as he keeps helping the team prevent goals going in his own net, Arsenal fans will remain happy.

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