Laurent Koscielny is the EA SPORTS Player of the Month.

Following the most closely-contested poll of the season so far, the Arsenal centre back claimed his first Club award after a superb month for Arsène Wenger's side.

Laurent's January began with his first goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Fulham, and he then performed admirably as the Gunners saw off Leeds in the FA Cup third round.

The French defender also starred against Manchester United and Aston Villa, helping to create Robin van Persie's equaliser in the former before winning the decisive penalty in the latter.

Laurent received 31.4 per cent of the votes in January, just edging Van Persie into the runners-up spot. The captain picked up 27.8 per cent of the votes.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finished third, just 0.3 per cent behind Van Persie.

JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH RESULT
Player % of votes
Laurent Koscielny 31.4
Robin van Persie
27.8
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 27.5
Others 13.3

EA Sports - Official Games Partner of Arsenal

Arsenal fan Harry Barnfield, 14, from Cheltenham has won the chance to present Laurent with his award before a home game at Emirates Stadium.

Harry will also receive two tickets for the match.

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