Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny Has Heart Set On Call Up To France National Team Despite Interest From Poland

New signing keeping options open, however...
New Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny hopes his move to the Premier League club will catapult him towards international recognition with France.

Koscielny, 24, was a surprise signing by manager Arsene Wenger as he looked to bolster his centre-back options. The un-capped former Lorient player impressed on his home debut in the 1-1 draw against AC Milan in the Emirates Cup, and can expect to line up alongside Thomas Vermaelen next season.

Les Blues are currently going through a period of transformation after their shambolic showing at World Cup 2010. With the entire squad from South Africa banned for the impending friendly against Norway after going on strike, Koscielny is a contender to be called up by head coach Laurent Blanc.

Speaking to the club's official website, Koscielny declared he had set his sights on an international career with France despite being eligible to play for Poland.

"When you play for such a big club as Arsenal, it helps you to reach the international level quicker," Koscielny noted.

"I don't want to lose a chance of playing for France. That is my priority. I want to play in the French national team."

Despite dreaming of pulling on the France shirt, Koscielny declared he is "open for negotiations" after the Polish Football Association made contact.

"I'm still thinking about it but I need more time to make my mind up," he said.

"My grandfather was Polish. He emigrated to France and unfortunately over time we lost the language, the roots.

"The Polish FA asked me to collect documents and do some paperwork required to obtain citizenship. But I haven't made the decision if I want to play for them.
 
"I am open for negotiations."

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