The rumour mongers are out in force at the moment, hinting that Real Madrid might be readying a bid for Arsenal's No 1 central-defender Laurent Koschielny. Obviously money talks, and there isn't a player on the planet who isn't available at the right price - but if there is such a thing as a player being iron-clad, and almost untouchable, it is Arsenal's Laurent Koschielny.
No one would expect Barcelona to consider parting with Lionel Messi, or Real Madrid part with Cristiano Ronaldo - the same could be said about Koscielny.
Logic dictates that you wouldn't go and buy a great goalkeeper like Petr Cech from Chelsea to strengthen your team's defence - only to then dramatically weaken it by selling your best defender - it just wouldn't happen.
Arsene Wenger is no fool, he has a very shrewd brain, he knows how to spot a rough diamond of a player and polish him. He kept Arsenal in the top 4 for 16 seasons whilst juggling finances to make the move from Highbury to the Emirates having to sell some of his best players to balance the books - he didn't wine about it, he did his absolute best with what he had and did a fantastic job of it. But, it must have hurt him at times. To nurture players along - get them to a top level, only to see them poached by a club with more financial muscle.
Well, with the financial state of affairs more than rosy these days at Arsenal they can now flex their own financial muscle. Gradually, bit-by-bit the financial shackles have been loosened at Arsenal as they found themselves free of debt.
Now, flush with cash from revenues pouring in from all directions these days, and no longer having the burden of balancing the books by having to sell their best players Arsenal and in particular Arsene Wenger get to call the shots on who goes and who comes in - and he won't be looking to sell any of his first-team regulars as he looks to add to the squad quality - that will see Arsenal make a serious challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Arsenal's policy to splash the cash over the last few seasons has paid dividends with the world-class additions of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez coming in and retaining the services of home-grown talent on long-term contracts such as Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, and Theo Walcott as well as adding the likes of Danny Welbeck, Callum Chambers, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy and Gabriel to the squad - has seen Arsenal win back-to-back FA Cups.
To change policy now while Arsenal are in the ascendancy with momentum built from those FA Cup triumphs would be ludicrous and would undo all the hard-work put in by club and manager to put them in a very realistic position to kick-on and challenge for the Premier League and possibly a genuine attempt at the European Cup competition - something that Wenger sees as the only blip in his long illustrious career with the Gunners. The Arsenal faithful would surely see Wenger as an absolute legend should he bring back the European Cup.
However, a true attempt next season might be beyond the Gunners and the first priority must be the Premier League title. Thoughts of selling one of their best players and certainly their best central-defender is nonsensical, if they have any true ambitions in that area.
My money is on some top additions to come in to bolster the squad and for a certain Mr Laurent Koscielny to line-up in next-season's curtain-raiser.
Do Arsenal need Koscielny to succeed next season?
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