Wednesday’s Europa League final could be Laurent Koscielny’s final game at Arsenal, according to French outlet L’Equipe.
They report that despite having one year remaining on his current £90,000 a week (Spotrac) contract at the Emirates Stadium, the Frenchman could leave the club if they don’t qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Victory in Baku would give club captain Koscielny a trophy to lift and book Arsenal a place at Europe’s top table next term.
But Koscielny is apparently considering his future after a season in which he has battled back exceptionally well from injury but continued to show his age.
There was a mixed reaction on social media to the report, with some fans quick to hail him as a legend, while others feel that a change is long overdue.
We’ve put together the best of the responses, as some Gunners fans perhaps get ready to bid farewell to a loyal servant to the club…
He’s a legend
— Karan shah (@Karann_shahh) May 24, 2019
this must be a joke
— Feven Fikru (@livealex13) May 24, 2019
He does have no ankles left.
— Ashley Toomey (@AshleyToomey9) May 24, 2019
The body cant take much more at this level. He was never the top defender we needed imo. A good servant but time to go.
— Dont hassle the Hoff (@william_hoffler) May 24, 2019
Not surprised. His legs are gone. And I'm sure he'll want to go back to France to play a few seasons before retiring
— Ali D Gooner (@ali_gooner) May 24, 2019
Then let’s send him off with a trophy and a winners medal.
He is 34 and he probably wants to retire in France, and Arsenal need an injection of fresh blood
— _GriniKing_ (@KingH3rc) May 24, 2019
— Jazsen Jack Anthony (@AnthonyJayJay1) May 24, 2019
— David Lincoln (@David10447681) May 24, 2019
Shouldn't be. Still better than most. Should have another year.
— Time to Work (@IdowuOpeAlege) May 24, 2019
For me – totally underrated. Great player and representative of Arsenal Football Club.
— Matty H (@hannibalmth) May 24, 2019
Time to move on
— Iᴍʀäɴ (@Imrann_AFC) May 24, 2019
Still have to rate him, in his prime one of the top 3 defenders in the PL. came back from a tough injury as well.
— Jay (@Jay43893449) May 24, 2019