By 90Min
March 20, 2018

Valenciennes defender Pierre Barremaecker has revealed he one day dreams of working his way up from Ligue 2 to the lofty heights of the Premier League.

The 21-year-old defender is yet to make a start for the Ligue 2 outfit, and at 21-years-old many would write off the ambitious youngster however, Barremaecker has cited current Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny as the exact reason he believes he will one day play at such a high level.

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Koscielny was a player that went under the radar of many top teams throughout his time in France, making over 50 Ligue 2 appearances with the likes of Guingamp and Tours, before moving to Lorient at 23-years-old.

From Lorient, Koscielny made the significant switch to Arsenal and has since developed himself into one of the league's most gifted centre backs, with the Frenchman even earning himself a call up to the France national team.

As such, there is no better role model for Barremaecker to look up to in his pursuit of a greater challenge and a more illustrious club.

Speaking to French news outlet Nord-Eclair, Barremaecker opened up on his ambitions and the footballer he held in high regard, saying: "My models are Koscielny and Thiago Silva, for his leader mentality. 

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"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.”

(You may also like: Lorient President Claims Laurent Koscielny 'Wants to Finish Career' at Former Club.)

However, in spite of Barreaecker's ambitions, he may be a long way off pulling on the Gunners jersey for the first time, with the North London outfit being well-stocked in the centre back position, with the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Konstantinos Mavropanos all vying for a starting spot.

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