Arsenal star set to miss out on starting spot at Euro 2012

07:20 11 June 2012

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

Archant

Laurent Koscielny looks likely to start on the bench for France

France manager Laurent Blanc has hinted that Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny is set to miss out on a spot in his starting XI for Les Bleus’ Euro 2012 opener against England.

The Gunners defender is likely to take his place on the bench with Philippe Mexes and Adil Rami, who were both criticised by Blanc recently, starting.

“We’ve got two big players in central defence and I hope they play very well tomorrow,” the France manager said.

“Koscielny has had a very good season with Arsenal but, as you know, you need experience at centre-back and players that work together in terms of instinct.”

However, Blanc gave Koscielny hope by telling him to keep pushing and he could force his way into the side.

“I think we did very well during the qualifying campaign, with no regrets, and luckily we have two players in good form,” Blanc added.

“Laurent needs to make sure these two players are worried about their place and kept on their toes.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

If you can’t guess who’s number one, you’re just not trying (hint: it’s not David Moyes).

Read more

ITV presenter beat international stars Jennifer Lawrence and Beyonce for top spot.

Read more

From Nigel Farage to George Galloway, it’s been a year of people trying to make a change in politics.

Read more

Promoted content

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need. We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time, some great discounts.

Paddington

With Christmas comes a host of movies to the big screen, from festive family comedies to action blockbusters. Here is our pick of the best out next month.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more
Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News