According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal may be prepared to allow 33-year-old centre-back Laurent Koscielny to leave the club this summer. German outfit Borussia Dortmund are thought to be monitoring the situation with a view to bringing the veteran defender to the Bundesliga.
Koscielny is the Gunners’ captain and has represented the north London outfit for nine years. In that time he has won three FA Cups and has made over 350 appearances for the club. However, he is in the final year of his current contract and does not appear to be in Unai Emery’s plans.
On top of that, the 51-cap former France international is past is best, and continues to be hounded by a chronic Achilles injury. His replacement certainly needs to be brought to the Emirates Stadium sooner rather than later.
However, Koscielny’s experience, leadership and quality currently make him a vital part of the Arsenal squad. In this period of transition, with Emery endeavouring to drag the club back into the Champions League, the Spanish coach may be well served by keeping a player with such influence around.
Koscielny also holds a special place in the hearts of many Arsenal fans, yet some supporters accept it is time for the veteran to move on. Following the emergence of reports concerning his exit, plenty of the Emirates Stadium faithful took to Twitter to give their views on the matter.
Way past his prime but still our best defender last season by far. Speaks volumes
— m (@920401) 14 June 2019
I’d be well happy with that fee tbh. 34 (I think) and not been the same since his Achilles injury a couple years back.
— Steve Dawson (@TheSteveDawson) 14 June 2019
I’d sell him for £5 if I’m honest long past his best now, we have to make a clean break and start a fresh, the definition of madness is doing The same thing and expecting different results.
— MattJS (@listenoldchap) 14 June 2019
Regardless of what people say, he’s a fantastic character to have in the dressing room. It could be beneficial for your young defenders to learn from someone like Koscielny. Furthermore, when he returned to the starting lineup after his terrible injury, he had a very good spell.
— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) 13 June 2019
It’s about time
— HIGHBURY (@_puds) 13 June 2019
Right decision cause his legs are gone
— Timon (@winfieldlloyd) 13 June 2019