In the first of a mini-series analysing Arsenal's top three players of the season, our statistician reflects on Laurent Koscielny's 2013/14 performances.

For the third year running Laurent Koscielny grabbed a vital goal on the final day of the season.

In May 2012 he scored the winner against West Bromwich Albion to secure a Champions League berth, and a year later he turned home the only goal of the game against Newcastle to seal another top-four place.

Most recently the centre back was in the right place at the right time to score the 72nd-minute equaliser against Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Koscielny had a very impressive win rate of 67.4 per cent

But once again it was mainly for his performances at the other end of the pitch that Koscielny was voted into third place in the Player of the Season poll.

In his fourth season at the club, Koscielny played 46 matches, featuring in all four competitions, and scoring three times. He played in 32 Premier League games, nine in the Champions League, four FA Cup matches and once in the Capital One Cup.

His overall record was W31, D5, L10 for a very impressive win rate of 67.4 per cent.

The Frenchman was on the pitch for a total of 3,974 minutes (just over 66 hours) which accounted for 77.5 per cent of the entire season.

He had three different central-defensive partners during the campaign - Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen. By far the most common pairing was Koscielny and Mertesacker, who started 41 games together.

This duo had a superb record when both played the full 90 minutes: for more than two years Arsenal did not lose a single Premier League game which both Mertesacker and Koscielny completed. That run spanned 31 matches, from January 2012, finishing with the defeat at Anfield in February 2014.

Laurent Koscielny's season, game by game

Competition Date Opponents Score Result Venue Goals Minutes
Premier League 17/8/13 Aston Villa 1-3 L H 0 67
Champions League 21/8/13 Fenerbache 3-0 W A 0 33
Premier League 1/9/13 Tottenham 1-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 14/9/13 Sunderland 3-1 W A 0 90
Champions League 18/9/13 Marseille 2-1 W A 0 90
Premier League 22/9/13 Stoke 3-1 W H 0 90
Premier League 28/9/13 Swansea 2-1 W A 0 90
Champions League 1/10/13 Napoli 2-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 6/10/13 West Brom 1-1 D A 0 90
Premier League 19/10/13 Norwich 4-1 W H 0 90
Champions League 22/10/13 Borussia Dortmund 1-2 L H 0 90
Premier League 26/10/13 Crystal Palace 2-0 W A 0 90
League Cup 29/10/13 Chelsea 0-2 L H 0 90
Premier League 2/11/13 Liverpool 2-0 W H 0 90
Champions League 6/11/13 Borussia Dortmund 1-0 W A 0 90
Premier League 10/11/13 Man United 0-1 L A 0 90
Premier League 23/11/13 Southampton 2-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 26/11/12 Marseille 2-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 30/11/13 Cardiff City 3-0 W A 0 90
Premier League 4/12/13 Hull City 2-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 8/12/13 Everton 1-1 D H 0 90
Champions League 11/12/13 Napoli  0-2 L A 0 90
Premier League 14/12/13 Man City 3-6 L A 0 42
Premier League 29/12/13 Newcastle 1-0 W A 0 90
Premier League 1/1/14 Cardiff City 2-0 W H 0 90
FA Cup 4/1/14 Tottenham 2-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 13/1/14 Aston Villa 2-1 W A 0 90
Premier League 18/1/14 Fulham 2-0 W H 0 90
FA Cup 24/1/14 Coventry City 4-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 28/1/14 Southampton 2-2 D A 0 90
Premier League 2/2/14 Crystal Palace 2-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 8/2/14 Liverpool 1-5 L A 0 90
Premier League 12/2/14 Man United 0-0 D H 0 90
FA Cup 16/4/14 Liverpool 2-1 W H 0 90
Champions League 19/2/14 Bayern Munich 0-2 L H 0 90
Premier League 22/2/14 Sunderland  4-1 W H 1 67
Premier League 1/3/14 Stoke City 0-1 L A 0 90
Champions League 11/3/14 Bayern Munich 1-1 D A 0 90
Premier League 16/3/14 Tottenham 1-0 W A 0 90
Premier League 22/3/14 Chelsea 0-6 L A 0 45
Premier League 15/4/14 West Ham 3-1 W H 0 90
Premier League 20/4/14 Hull City 3-0 W A 0 90
Premier League 28/4/14 Newcastle 3-0 W H 1 90
Premier League 4/5/14 West Brom 1-0 W H 0 90
Premier League 11/5/14 Norwich  2-0 W A 0 90
FA Cup 17/5/14 Hull City 3-2 W N 1 120

Koscielny's cup final strike was his first ever FA Cup goal, and his 13th overall for the club.

What is particularly striking about the majority of his goals is their importance. Of those 13 career goals, nine (69 per cent) have been either equalisers, winners, or first goals. That's a higher proportion of 'game-changing' strikes than any other player at the club with 10 or more goals. Arsenal have also won the last six games in which he found the net.

He received just one yellow card all season

Koscielny's defensive stats were impressive once again too. He topped the charts for most interceptions in the squad throughout the season with 89 - 23 more than second-placed Mikel Arteta.

Koscielny's disciplinary record was also excellent. After being sent off on the opening day against Aston Villa, he received just one yellow card all season, in all competitions.

The 28-year-old finished the season on 165 career Gunners appearances, 120 of which have been in the league.

Koscielny made his 100th Premier League appearance when he played against Cardiff City in November - becoming the 41st Arsenal player to reach the milestone.

Nobody has played more Premier League games for Arsenal since he joined from Lorient in 2010 and nobody has more victories (70).

Laurent Koscielny 2013/14 stats

  Apps Goals Assists
League 32 2 -
FA Cup 4 1 -
Europe 9 - -
League Cup 1 - -
Total 46 3 -

Laurent Koscielny career stats

  Apps Goals Assists
League 115+5 8 2
FA Cup 12 1 2
Europe 24 2 -
League Cup 9 2 1
Total 160+5 13 5

Laurent Koscielny infographic
Laurent Koscielny infographic

With thanks to Opta. All stats correct as at June 2, 2014

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Josh James 3 Jun 2014