Arsenal FC defender Laurent Koscielny has been one of the most consistent and productive centre-backs for club and country, he was a regular for France till the World Cup qualifiers but failed to make it to the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia after suffering an injury in May due to which he still remains to be sidelined.

Didier Deschamps France would go on to win the coveted title, and Koscielny having missed out on the opportunity described the moment as the dark stage of his career and life, speaking to Canal Plus.

“I think I’ve given what I could to the France team. I’m 33 now. I’ve been to two Euros, a World Cup. For me, my injury hasn’t changed anything,” he said. “It’s over with Les Bleus. I will always be a France supporter but what is sure is that I will never put on the blue shirt again.” Koscielny ruptured his Achilles tendon in the game against Atletico Madrid and remains due to return for the North-London club under the new regime of Unai Emery. “I have a new mindset. There will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after the injury. I want to carry on at Arsenal and I want to come back soon,” he added as quoted by AFP.

“I don’t know what level I’m going to have because I haven’t resumed training yet, but I want to fight in any event.” Laurent Koscielny is aiming to return by November and his presence in the squad will definitely surge Arsenal in their pursuit of targets in the Europa League and in the Premier League.