Laurent Koscielny says he’s desperate to earn his own chant after jokingly admitting he has no idea why other teammates prove more popular on the terraces.
Chuckling that teammate Olivier Giroud’s ‘Hey Jude’ inspired ditty must be the result of his popular good looks above anything else, the understated Gallic centre-back outlined his aims to secure the love of the Emirates before he retires.
“I don’t know!” he told the Arsenal official magazine when quizzed on why his name is rarely sung.
“Maybe I need to have Olivier’s nose or his hair cut! Or maybe they don’t like me. Before I retire, I am hoping to have my own song!”
Arseblog News suspects Koscielny’s problem may be that his name rhymes with erm…pretty much nothing.
On more serious matters, the Frenchman also turned his attention to Mesut Ozil insisting the German international is a key component to Arsenal’s more efficient attacking play this season.
Reflecting on the importance of adding quality to a stable squad (is that a swipe at Sp*rs we detect?), Koscielny outlined why Ozil justifies his ‘superstar’ tag.
“We kept nearly the same squad as last season. You can choose to buy lots of new players for £100 million plus or buy one!
“The boss decided he preferred quality to quantity. He bought Mesut Ozil and 10 minutes into his first game he gave an assist to Olivier Giroud at Sunderland. Maybe Mesut was not what people thought we were missing but he only needs one opportunity and he gives an assist.
“The difference is there and that’s why we’re more efficient in front of goal this season. He gave more freedom to other players, too. He is our superstar. Others feel less pressure than before his arrival and we have more confidence.”