Pierre Barremaecker has revealed his love for Arsenal and wishes to join the Gunners at some stage in his career to emulate his idol Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman currently plays for Valenciennes as a defender in France’s second division Ligue 2 and has set his sights on emulating the many great French players that have emerged at Arsenal over the years with the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit having all starred under Arsene Wenger over the years.
Barremaecker has confessed that he used to watch those greats play during Wenger’s peak years at the club and has revealed that current vice-captain Laurent Koscielny is an example he wishes to follow.
Before joining the Gunners in the summer of 2010, Koscielny was relatively unknown and had made 50 Ligue 2 appearances through spells with Guingamp and Tours before joining Lorient aged 23.
After being signed by Wenger, the Frenchman has become widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and has featured regularly for the French national side.
“My models are Koscielny and Thiago Silva, for his leader mentality,” Barremaecker told Nord-Eclair
“Other than that, I dream of playing in the Premier League and to wear Arsenal’s shirt, because when I started to watch football, Vieira, Henry and Bergkamp were there.
“If I could one day wear the France shirt, that would really be a magical moment in my career.”
Though the 21 year-old may have to wait for a while yet with Arsenal currently having the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and January signing Konstantinos Mavropanos as options.