Breaking News: Arsenal defender set to retire after Russia World Cup

Koscielny joined Arsenal in 2010 from French club Lorient.


Arsenal defender and vice captain Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he will retire from International duties after the World Cup in Russia next summer.

The Gunners defender is currently on his national duty for France and he gave a statement to French outlet about his decision to hang his boots as a France player.

He has already won 49 caps for Les Blues since his debut in 2011 and has represented France in three major tournaments, namely Euro 2012, World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016. But he has decided the fourth one at Russia will be his last.

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Koscielny made his debut in 2011

Speaking to L’Equipe Koscielny said, “There is an end to everything.”

“After the World Cup, I would be almost 33-years-old, it will be time to leave the place.”

He also added that his six to eight months left as a France player and he would love to enjoy every moment of that and take back all the memories as his wife said before he retires.

He further said that he believes that the French football is moving in the right direction and the young players are capable to take his place, and mentioned that he has done what he could do for the team.

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Koscielny with teammate Santi Cazorla celebrating a goal 

The 32 year old former Lorient man has been injury prone and he has decided to retire from International circuit to prolong and enrich his club career. Koscielny will be nearing 33 after the Russia World Cup and it can be said that it is the right time to concentrate only for club.

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Laurent Koscielny has got 49 caps for France

He made his France debut against United States and also scored once for France against Scotland in 2016.

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Koscielny has made 299 appearances for Arsenal

It will be a welcoming news for Arsenal fans and boss Arsene Wenger as the Gunners can expect some more years from their defensive stalwart, whose contract runs at Arsenal till 2020.