Laurent Koscielny was vital during the latter stages of Arsenal's pursuit of Champions League football, scoring the only goal in final game of the season against Newcastle, securing fourth place ahead of bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Koscielny's form early on in the season was disrupted by injuries resulting in a drop of performance. However since captain Thomas Vermaelen was dropped for the away leg against Bayern Munich, Koscielny, along with the towering German Per Mertesacker, showed signs of finally establishing a solid defensive partnership, something the Gunners had lacked for a while.

Mertesacker's intelligent positioning and calming presence, combined with Koscielny's pace and aggression, proved very effective in the closing stages of the season. 

In key games Arsenal had to endure long periods of pressure and no Gunners player stepped up to that challenge better than Koscielny. The 27-year-old French international has become one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and has attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich have both reportedly identified Koscielny as a potential new recruitment.

Koscielny would probably command a fee of around £15 million - but Arsenal must resist cashing in on the player now the club has a solid defensive partnership leading into the new Premier League season.

To break up the Koscielny and Mertesacker partnership now would set the club backwards and Wenger would have to use some of his transfer budget to acquire a replacement - instead having more money available to fund a move for a marquee attacking player like Gonzalo Higuain (which should be Wenger's priority). 

If Arsenal were to receive an offer for Koscielny do you think the club should cash in now or look to build on the partnership he has with Mertesacker? 

Leave your thoughts below.


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