This week our statistician looks at the players who have played 100 or more Premier League games for Arsenal.

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

The French central defender made his Premier League debut three-and-a-half years ago, on the opening day of the 2010/11 season. He was sent off towards the end of that 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

Koscielny's century consisted of 95 starts and just five sub appearances while he was also taken off in five games. Overall he played 8,221 minutes during the 100 matches, at an average of 82 minutes 13 seconds per appearance. In fact, no player has started more league games or spent longer on the pitch for Arsenal since he made his debut.

No player has started more league games or spent longer on the pitch for Arsenal since Koscielny made his debut

Koscielny has so far netted six goals in his Premier League career, including crucial strikes against West Bromwich Albion (in 2012) and Newcastle (in 2013) to ensure Champions League football the following season.

But it is, of course, at the other end of the pitch where he has especially impressed.

According to Opta stats Koscielny has won 524 duels, won 158 of 210 attempted tackles (a success rate of 75.24 per cent), made 47 blocks and 248 interceptions.

Nobody in the squad has won more tackles in the same timespan, or made more blocks, and Koscielny has 78 more interceptions than any other Arsenal player since he joined.

The Frenchman also leads the way in terms of clearances. He's made 568 in his Premier League career, nearly twice as many as any other Arsenal player over the past three-and-a-half seasons.

In addition he's conceded 92 fouls, received 15 bookings and has been sent off four times. He's also conceded five penalties. Opta also calculate he has taken 5,449 touches.

Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in nearly a third (32) of the 100 games Koscielny has featured in, and they have conceded 103 goals in that time.

He has played in 78.7 per cent of the league fixtures possible since his debut in 2010, and his record for the 100 games is: won 57, drawn 24, lost 19 for an average of 1.95 points per game.

In the 27 games Koscielny has missed since joining, Arsenal have taken 1.74 points per game.

He is the 744th player overall to reach 100 Premier League appearances, Ryan Giggs leads the way with 626.

Laurent Koscielny Premier League stats

Games 100
Starts 95
Minutes played 8,221
Goals  6
Assists 2
Blocks  47
Interceptions 248
Passes attempted 4,059
Successful passes 3,471
Passing accuracy 85.5%
Touches 5,449
Clearances 568
Headed clearances 322
Tackles won 158
Tackle success 75.24%
Yellow cards  15
Red cards 4
Fouls won 75
Fouls conceded 92
Own goals  2

Koscielny is the 11th French player to reach 100 Premier League outings for the Club, just one fewer than the number of English players in this particular '100 Club'. There are 15 different nationalities in all.

Koscielny is the 15th defender to reach the milestone; there are 12 midfielders, 11 forwards and three goalkeepers among the 41.

Koscielny is the 11th French player to reach 100 Premier League outings for the Club

The France international marked the occasion of reaching three figures with a clean sheet. Players including Theo Walcott, Thierry Henry and Paul Merson celebrated their Premier League centuries with goals, while Kanu netted twice. Lauren trumped them all though, by winning the league at White Hart Lane on his 100th outing.

The average age of an Arsenal player when he plays his 100th Premier League game is 27 years and six months. However this includes the likes of David Seaman and Tony Adams, who had already played a number of first division matches before the Premier League was set up in 1992.

So, looking purely at those who made their Gunners debut during the Premier League era, the average age for a player making his 100th appearance is just under 27 years old - a year and two months younger than Laurent Koscielny.

Koscielny has now drawn level with Marc Overmars in terms of Premier League appearances, but is some way behind Ray Parlour who leads the way for the Gunners with 333. Next is David Seaman - 325 of his 564 overall games for the Club came in the Premier League, and he was the first to reach a century for Arsenal in the competition, back in 1995.

Eight of the 41 players on the list are still at the Club, and Thomas Vermaelen is one appearance away from joining them.

Arsenal players to reach 100 Premier League appearances

Player PL apps Date of 100th appearance Age (to nearest month) at 100th apperance
Ray Parlour 333 May 5, 1996 23 years, 2 months 
David Seaman 325 Feb 11, 1995 31 years, 5 months 
Dennis Bergkamp 315 Oct 25, 1998 29 years, 6 months 
Martin Keown 310 Jan 13, 1996 29 years, 8 months
Lee Dixon 305 May 4, 1995 31 years, 2 months 
Patrick Vieira  279  Aug 10, 1999  23 years, 2 months 
Nigel Winterburn 270 Apr 17, 1995 31 years, 4 months 
Thierry Henry 258 Aug 18, 2002 25 years
Tony Adams 255 Aug 26, 1995 28 years, 11 months 
Kolo Toure  225 Aug 21, 2005 24 years, 5 months
Freddie Ljunberg 216 Oct 19, 2002 25 years, 4 months
Cesc Fabregas 212 Apr 9, 2007  19 years, 11 months
Robin van Persie 194 Dec 6, 2008 25 years, 4 months 
Ian Wright 191 May 4, 1995  31 years, 6 months
Bacary Sagna 190 Aug 15, 2010 27 years, 6 months
Robert Pires 189 Nov 30, 2003 30 years, 1 month
Gael Clichy 187 Aug 16, 2008 23 years, 1 month
Theo Walcott 187  Jan 15, 2011 21 years, 10 months
Steve Bould 175 Aug 17, 1996 33 years, 9 months
Gilberto 170 Feb 1, 2006 29 years, 4 months
Paul Merson 160 Oct 21, 1995 27 years, 7 months
Lauren 159 Apr 25, 2004 27 years, 3 months
Ashley Cole 156 Feb 10, 2004 23 years, 2 months
Jens Lehmann 148 Apr 15, 2006 36 years, 5 months
Sol Campbell 146 Sep 25, 2004 30 years
Alex Song 138 Apr 20, 2011 23 years, 8 months
Tomas Rosicky 135 Dec 31, 2011 31 years, 3 months
Emmanuel Eboue 132 Sep 26, 2009 26 years, 4 months
Abou Diaby 123 Dec 27, 2010 24 years, 8 months
Kanu 119 Oct 6, 2002 26 years, 2 months
Aaron Ramsey 117 Apr 20, 2013 22 years, 4 months
Gilles Grimandi 114 Dec 15, 2001 31 years, 1 month
Mathieu Flamini 111 Mar 23, 2008 24 years, 1 month
Manuel Almunia 109 Apr 3, 2010 32 years, 11 months
Sylvain Wiltord 106 Sep 26, 2003 29 years, 5 months
Andrey Arshavin 105 Oct 20, 2012 31 years, 5 months
Emmanuel Adebayor 104 Feb 8, 2009 25 years
Nicklas Bendtner 102 Oct 6, 2013 25 years, 9 months
William Gallas 101 Feb 7, 2010 32 years, 6 months
Marc Overmars 100 May 9, 2000 27 years, 2 months
Laurent Koscielny 100 Nov 30, 2013 28 years, 2 months

Overall Koscielny has played 138 matches for the Club in all competitions, and is eighth among the current squad in terms of most games.

100 Premier League apps - By position

A dozen members of the current first-team have played 100 or more games for Arsenal in all competitions. Earlier this season Jack Wilshere reached the landmark, becoming the 204th player in the history of the Club to do so. That represents just shy of 25 per cent of the total players ever to play for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta is next in line to join them, he's currently on 95 total games.

The first player to make 100 appearances was Gavin Crawford, who played for Woolwich Arsenal between 1892 and 1898.

An outside right, Crawford joined from Sheffield United, and became one of the Gunners' very first professionals. He captained the team for several seasons and played in the Club's first league season, scoring in the first ever league win - a 4-0 triumph over Walsall in 1893.

Crawford later moved to Queens Park Rangers and then became the groundsman at Charlton Athletic, a position he held up to his 80th birthday.

100 Arsenal Premier League appearances - By nationality
100 Arsenal Premier League appearances - By nationality

Current overall appearances

  League UCL FAC LC Total
Theo Walcott 187 53 17 16 273
Bacary Sagna 190 45 14 6 255
Tomas Rosicky 135 39 14 7 195
Abou Diaby 123 29 16 10 178
Aaron Ramsey 117 33 13 8 171
Mathieu Flamini 111 34 11 9 166*
Nicklas Bendtner 102 32 12 18 162
Laurent Koscielny 100 21 8 9 138
Thomas Vermaelen 99 26 5 5 135
Wojciech Szczesny 91 21 7 7 126
Kieran Gibbs 74 23 15 13 125
Jack Wilshere 73  21 9 12 115
Mikel Arteta 72 17 5 1 95
Per Mertesacker 66 18 4 2 90
Lukasz Fabianski 31 12 10 16 69
Olivier Giroud 47 14 4 3 68
Santi Cazorla 47 12 3 2 64
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 42 8 5 5 60
Lukas Podolski 35 8 2 1 46
Carl Jenkinson 30 11 1 4 46
Nacho Monreal 19 6 1 2 26
Mesut Ozil 10 5 0 1 16
Emmanuel Frimpong 6 5 0 5 16
Serge Gnabry 5 2 0 3 10
Ju Young Park 1 2 0 4 7
Ryo Miyaichi 1 2 0 4 7
Yaya Sanogo 1 1 0 0 2

With thanks to Opta. All stats correct as at December 3, 2013

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