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Arsenal signing Koscielny at centre of international tug-of-war

New Arsenal signing Laurent Koscielny is set to be the subject of an international tug-of-war.

The French defender will sign a four-year deal at the Emirates Stadium and add-ons could see the fee could rise to £10m.

The Gunners have agreed to let promising 19-year-old midfielder Francis Coquelin join the club on a year-long loan to ease things through quickly.

The deal is expected to be announced before the weekend and provides Arsene Wenger with much-needed back-up in a problem position.

Koscielny was little-known a year ago when Lorient signed him from Ligue 2 side Tours for just £1.5m but an impressive season brought him to the attention of Wenger.

Koscielny is yet to be capped by France and could pledge his international career to Poland thanks to familial roots.

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