Arsenal could be in for their latest transfer saga, this time centring on their highly rated centre back Laurent Koscielny.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been reported as having an interest in Koscielny however, Arsenal will definitely want to keep him, especially since he signed a new five year contract last summer.
Koscielny has been a revelation since regaining his first team spot after Arsenal’s defeat at White Hart Lane in May, helping Arsenal secure a 10 match undefeated streak up to the end of the season. The fact that he has taken the spot previously belonging to the captain Thomas Vermaelen shows Arsene Wenger’s belief in the 27-year-old Frenchman.
Arsenal have had more than their fair share of transfer sagas in recent years, nearly all of them ending in players such as Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and, most recently, Robin Van Persie leaving the club. Koscielny’s agent Stephane Courbis has added to the speculation that Koscielny could be the latest in that line of players. Courbis told Eurosport France recently that his client is on the shortlist of both Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
However, according to The Sun, Koscielny is prepared to turn down both Bayern Munich and Barcelona and stay at Arsenal this season but Koscielny himself has said that he will leave if Arsenal do not start winning trophies.
“I want to add to my list of achievements,” Koscielny has been quoted as saying.
“If Arsenal cannot allow me that, I’ll seek a move elsewhere.”
Arsene Wenger is desperate to hold on to Koscielny, who has secured Champions League football for Arsenal two years in a row with winning goals in the final games of both the previous seasons.
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