Our current captain is hot property in France it seems.
Laurent Koscielny is reportedly the subject of interest from Ligue Un’s Bordeaux. Our skipper, according to the Daily Mail, is also interested in ‘the project’ that is taking place at the French club, and would be a seamless fit for them as one of their defenders is on their way to Sevilla.
Jules Kounde is close to sealing a £24m move to La Liga, which means Bordeaux have to replace him. That could well see a move for Koscielny, who has been at Arsenal since 2010.
A nine year career at Arsenal has seen plenty of highs and lows. Cup Final losses, FA Cup wins and some terrible injuries have sandwiched years of consistency from the French captain, who has been seen as one of the best in his peak years in the Premier League.
Can Arsenal afford to let Koscielny go though? He would of course command a fee if sold, which would bolster any transfer kitty we do have to make moves for the players Emery needs to reinforce his squad. Koscielny however, was among his best defenders last season, and commands the respect of the dressing room.
Not only that, but after next season, Koscielny will have been at the club for an entire decade, which would mean a fantastic and fitting goodbye in the form of a testimonial.
Bordeaux will have the funds to secure Koscielny should Kounde leave for Sevilla, but Arsenal hardly have an embarrassment of riches at the back to cover the loss of our captain. Shkodran Mustafi is on the exit list, leaving Sokratis, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers as our centre-back choices. Not exactly well stocked at the back.
Will Koscielny leave the club he has been at for nearly ten years without a fitting farewell? He will most likely end his career back in his home country, but this season may well be one season too soon for Arsenal’s captain.
Emery needs him to marshal the line – and Gooners deserve the chance to say thanks and goodbye.
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