Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny: ‘I felt nothing when France won the World Cup’

Laurent Koscielny’s difficult summer

You’ve got to have sympathy for Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny.

At the start of May, Koscielny’s World Cup dream died following his latest Achilles injury.

Koscielny, who suffers from chronic Achilles problems, suffered his latest setback against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League.

Had Koscielny had stayed fit, there’s a great chance he’d now be a World Cup winner.

As it is, 32-year-old Koscielny will never play in a World Cup again.


MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 03: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal lies injured during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Arsenal star talks about the World Cup

Koscielny has now spoken to Nice-Matin about his experiences during the World Cup. The Arsenal centre-half revealed:

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In truth, I didn’t see many matches. I have being working on my rehabilitation from 9am to 1pm, and then from 4pm to 7pm.

I saw the last half-hour of France-Peru and a few other games. When they were crowned world champions, I felt nothing special, but I was really happy for the players, the staff.

The players were united, supportive and mature. Living together for more than a month is not easy, they did it. 

Koscielny was a spectator in the crowd for the final against Croatia. The Arsenal star was invited to the game by Emmanuel Macron.

Yet Koscielny had mixed feeling about the experience. “It was nice, but it’s not that I was enthusiastic. The trip was good for me, but it was also bad…”

Arsenal’s defensive shake-up

Koscielny won’t be fit for the start of the Premier League season.

Unai Emery has the option of either Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Konstantinos Mavropanos or Rob Holding at centre-half.

Calum Chambers is joining Fulham on a season-long loan.

Also see: Why Anthony Martial missed Bayern & Jerome Boateng transfer updates.

Everton & Bournemouth line up Danny Welbeck deal.