Laurent Koscielny

Club: Arsenal

Position: Defence

Age: 28

Perhaps a controversial choice for some, French star Koscielny has really come into his own at Arsenal in the last few months and has successfully forged a fearsome reputation as one of European football's most-accomplished and complete defenders.

Alongside the solid figure of Per Mertesacker, Koscielny's form was one of the key factors behind Arsenal's unexpected rise to the top of the table this season. While it may seem somewhat harsh to include Koscielny at the expense of his German colleague, we feel he is marginally the better player.

Now, if only he could remedy his fondness for a slightly rash tackle in the penalty box here and there, he would be perfect..

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