Martin Keown said something honest about Laurent Koscielny's competence at Arsenal

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French international Laurent Koscielny has been a regular in the Arsenal first team ever since joining the Gunners from Lorient in 2010. 

Only Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have been at the club longer than the 32-year-old defender.

He's made 25 Premier League starts this season and Koscielny recently revealed that he is practicing yoga to prolong his career at Arsenal.

"I feel good," said the Frenchman. "I have been doing yoga since January. I feel a lot better physically - my tendons no longer hurt, and I am more relaxed and positive.

"There are lots of aspects to it that have enabled me to relax and be far more positive, both in my football and in my everyday life.

"I have found a way to escape from football. I was a bit reluctant to begin with."

However, Koscielny's performances on-the-pitch have not been quite so "positive."

Keown on Koscielny

Legendary Arsenal defender Martin Keown has criticised Koscielny's ability to organise Arsene Wenger's defensive line.

Koscielny's partner Shkodran Mustafi has been heavily criticised this season but the 51-year-old BT Sport pundit has taken aim at Koscielny instead.

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"When I returned to Arsenal in 1993, it was all about the defensive line," said Keown in the Daily Mail. "If you were involved in a situation to clear a ball, you had to recover and get back in that line.

"Laurent Koscielny has been at the club for a long time and Arsenal’s defenders should be taking their line off him.

"He [Koscielny] should know where he needs to be and where the line needs to be but at times I do not think he does."

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It's harsh - but not many Gooners will argue with Keown.

Koscielny isn't very vocal and Arsenal's poorly organised backline have made a number of calamitous mistakes this season.

Wenger is set to leave in the summer after 22 years at the helm - and the 32-year-old may find himself out-of-favour under a new manager.

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“I think the boss has done a great job for this club and he’s still not finished,” said Koscielny after the 4-1 win over West Ham.

“The book is nearly finished but we have seven finals to play and we want to give him a happy end.

"He’s a great coach and a great man."

Koscielny is expected to start for France at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

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