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Report: Arsenal ready to let Laurent Koscielny leave this summer

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Report: Arsenal ready to let Laurent Koscielny leave this summer

Laurent Koscielny refused to go on the pre-season to the United States.

Arsenal will sell Laurent Koscielny at the right price this summer, according to Sky Sports News. Koscielny wants to leave The Emirates and Arsenal will sanction his sale if a club matches his valuation.

Koscielny has been angling for a move back to France and has made it clear he wants to leave Arsenal. The Gunners skipper has one year left on his contract but he is ready to move back to his home country.

The France international even refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour to the United States recently. This has pushed him closer to the exit door and Unai Emery will let Koscielny leave.

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However, Arsenal will not let him go for under his valuation. They have set an asking price (at this stage unknown) for the 33-year-old. Bordeaux and Rennes have both been linked with Koscielny (as per The Mirror).

 

Arsenal are likely to target William Saliba with any money they receive from Koscielny’s sale. The 18-year-old also plays at centre-back and can be Koscielny’s long-term replacement.

Laurent Koscielny bows out with a whimper

It’s a shame that Koscielny’s Arsenal career is ending like this. In nine seasons, the Frenchman has racked up a tally of over 350 games, picking up two FA Cup trophies.

If his Arsenal career had ended amicably, Koscielny would be long remembered as a fine servant for nearly a decade. But fans will remember this ugly end to his time at Arsenal. It is a shame he feels he has to force a move but Arsenal are right to let him leave if he doesn’t want to stay.

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