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Arsenal star bets on scoring Premier League-winning goal

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny believes he will score the goal that secures the Gunners the Premier League title this season.

The France international has netted decisive goals in each of the last two campaigns - and he is now convinced that he will make it a hat-trick at the end of this season.

"I took the bet that I'll score the goal to make us champions because, for the last two seasons, I've got the goals that got us into the Champions League,” the 28-year-old told The Sun.

"Both at West Brom in 2012 and last year at Newcastle, my goals clinched our place in the top four so, hopefully, I can score an even more important one this year in our last game at Norwich."

Koscielny has failed to score a Premier League goal this season; however, his formidable defensive partnership with Per Mertesacker is one of the main reasons why Arsenal lead the Premier League table with 14 matches left to play.

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, is keen for Koscielny to focus on his defensive efforts rather than concerning himself with scoring a fairytale goal in May.

"The team needs all the players on the pitch to do their defensive job,” the Arsenal boss told reporters. "It's very important because if you want to win, it's easier when you concede no goals.

"I think the defenders hate to concede a goal so we work hard to keep clean sheets. We need to continue to work hard like this for the other games."

The Gunners, who have failed to win a single trophy since 2005, take on Liverpool in the early Premier League kick-off this Saturday lunchtime.

Wenger’s men then host reigning champions Manchester United next Wednesday, before another match against Liverpool in the FA Cup and a mouth-watering Champions League tie against European champions Bayern Munich.

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