Sunday, May 26, 2024

Koscielny: I feel good at Arsenal but want titles

Laurent Koscielny says he’ll only look to leave Arsenal if the club shows no ambition to end its trophy drought.

Stressing that he has no reason to leave the Emirates at the moment, despite tittle-tattle linking him with a move to Bayern Munich, the centre-back also underlined there had been no contact from big-spenders Paris Saint Germain.

Bouncing back from a torrid first half of the season the French international helped steer the Gunners to Champions League football with a sterling run of form in the final ten games. However, reflecting on a tough few months he admitted to Eurosport that the club needs to do better in the future.

“I feel good at Arsenal,” he said when asked about his future. “I’ve just come to the end of a complicated season, especially the first six months, but it’s over now.

“I want to win titles and I hope the club has the means. It deserves it. Does the club want to keep me? That question is also there.

“If the club has the means to compete with the best, I have no reason to leave. But if it fights every year for Champions League [qualification] it’s hard psychologically to be under such constant pressure.

“I do not want to go anywhere. Of course I want to know another championship, but it’s complicated.

“I want to lift trophies and to have a winning record. I hope the club will give me the means. If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere. Paris [Saint Germain]? I don’t know. I’ve not heard anything.”

Arseblog News has no doubt that the ‘I feel good at Arsenal’ line will be largely overlooked in the coming 48 hours with other publications focusing instead on the “Koscielny: Win me a trophy or I’m f*cking off” angle.

We’d urge everyone to chill out. The fact Laurent was being questioned by a bloke who insisted on pushing him to talk about PSG, despite there being no suggestion of such a move, underlines that everyone, both at home and abroad, is looking for a juicy headline. Moreover, what he has said makes perfect sense – the club does indeed need to win silverware and it’s going to need hungry players like Koscielny to do so.

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If he goes, can I come back?


Yes, maybe

Loop A Hole

Just in time arseblog, saved my life, was about to watch a Bale compilation to end my life.

Now it does seem like Bosscielny’s intentions were misinterpreted in twitter.


Imagine Twitter getting things wrong/out of proportion. That must be a first.


Though I fully agree that such statements shouldn’t be misinterpreted in any way – especially during the summer break where real football news are rather scarce – it does seem to prove though that professional footballers think in a different way (= in term of trophies at all costs) as we fans do. Is this a similar story to RVP’s (remember: our undisputed hero and legend at the time)? In terms of showing ambition, what does a club have to do to prove to its players that it wants to win trophies “no matter what”? And where does a club… Read more »

Si in Galway

@AFC: I don’t feel that their ambition is that distinct from ours. We want Arsenal to demonstrate beyond all doubt an intention to genuinely challenge for major titles, which I – like many but not all of us – believe we haven’t done in a fair few years. I honestly feel that Kos’ statements are bland precisely because I would assume this is the psychology of all players, i.e. “if i’m playing well enough to be in a trophy winning team, eventually I want to win trophies”. However if the club is leveraging the outstanding abilities of the few to… Read more »


big big fan of kosc but this is a little surprising.

Wenger scooped him out of the 2nd tier of french football for pete’s sakes. I know loyalty means nothing in this day and age, but this reeks of arrogance. he was nothing before arsenal.

don’t forget where you came from, and who had faith in you.


Total nonsense. We went after Koscielny, not the other way around. And the only reason we went after him is because we thought he could improve us. Koscienly without would properly move to a Lyon/Marseille after Lorient as he was doing really well. Then he would play for france and there would be a good chance he would be a target for europes elite clubs. We speeded up the process because we knew if we waited 2 years we properly wouldnt have a chance as big clubs would be after him. I also dont believe Kosicelny has learned much at… Read more »


i gs he was able to improve so much because he is very ambitious. can’t fault that. but dnt understand the need to say such stuff in public. more often than that not it means a soft launch of ‘ i want to leave’ campaign by a player.


If he was so talented before he came to us, explain Birmingham cup final please.


Kos wants Arsenal to show ambition.

But Kos we won the fair play league!

*Hides under the table


i would like to see Kos at PSG..

… putting a kung-fu kick winner past them in the champions league semi final!


Gooner fandom implosion in 3…2…1…

Fed Up

Ah don’t know what to think really :/ actually feeling numb 🙁


I understand this is the usual pointed question bullshit, but even the concept of Koz leaving has genuinely saddened me


over the past years a lot of cunts have said something like this, hope that Koscielny is not and will never be one of them. In fact he should be a legend.


They plays for a big club for 3 reasons
1: Titles
2: Money and
3: Loyalty
Let’s leave loyalty out because that doesn’t exist in football at the moment except in some rare cases.
As for the other two reasons, we can’t give them. So it’s natural for players to move to a club where they can get those.


no such thing as loyalty in football, they play for the money. jack and jenkinson are no exceptions


Think I’d throw Woj, Ramsey and Gibbs into that group of Arsenal loyalists too.

For some reason though, its the Ox and Walcott amongst our British Core that I feel like might be the first to jump ship if any of them were to do so. Not based on any fact, just a gut sense I get, dunno why? Is it just me?


Agreed. And it is unreasonable for the fans to push their loyalty for the club onto the players. It is a job for every single one of them, and in the end human wants to look back on their career and gain a sense of achievement while also securing their future financially. For some that achievement might be to leave a legacy at the club (Le Tissier at Southampton; but that was the case of a man satisfied with his lot in life: a personal trait more than anything) but for more it is winning trophies, as it a physical… Read more »


I read that as:
“They play for a big club for 3 reasons:
1) Titties


To be honest, if we don’t spend at least £50mil net this season I will go nuts, this year all the other teams around us bar Chelsea will be at their weakest if we can’t take advantage of that now then we never will. I mean players like Wilshere are being baited by Bayern, a player of his quality injured or not at big clubs would win something every year because he would compete with someone for his place in the squad. I know we’ve finally started to get out of paying for our stadium, but thats no excuse for… Read more »


you will probably end up going nuts.


*EXCLUSIVE* Koscielny Questions Arsenal Trophy Ambitions After Eight Trophyless Years Winning No Trophies Amid Reports Of A Move To Treble Trophy Winning Bayern Munich Who Won Three Trophies Last Season.


You wouldn’t happen to work for the Daily Mail by any chance?

Arty's Art

One good season and he is attempting to hold the club to ransom.

If we don’t win anything it is your fault, and the other players. If you want to win something start winning and stop whinging. Do we really have to go through this barely-subtle ‘come-and-get-me’ shite all over again?!




Sigh … theres always one.


I agree with you. It started this subtle with the ones that left. My hope is that it is not the same here.


Tell them, Arty!

It’s a team game by the way, you win things with 23 players, not one, but I doubt it matters to you.

Cyril Washbrook

I don’t see anything particularly controversial or shocking about his remarks. Frank, yes, but nothing more than what most fans would say and have said. In fact, forget fans: some of his team-mates have said very similar things without provoking a massive brouhaha from fans. Case in point, a certain Jack Wilshere: In my view, the only difference between Wilshere’s remarks and Koscielny’s remarks is that Koscielny was prodded in this interview about transfer rumours, so naturally his comments have to be read in that light. It’s absolutely true that over the coming years, with its self-imposed financial constraints… Read more »


Wise words well said! Nothing wrong with what Koz said. Most Arsenal fans are just as frustrated with our lack of progress over the last few years and a recent new pattern of barely squeaking into the CL every year on the last day of each season. We are also frustrated at not being competitive for trophies for such an extended length of time. The only difference between us and our football players is that they can just pack their sh*t and move elsewhere to other teams where as us true fans are loyal for life even through all the… Read more »


Erm I really don’t see how what Jack said is similar to that Koscielny said. Jack basically said the players are hungry for trophies and so are the fans and that if the team won one either this past season or next season it would be a great spring board for coming seasons. At no point did he mention other teams or waiting to see how things go with the pretext of his future with the club. That said I think this interview is much ado about nothing, Kos unfortunately fell for an ass of a reporter baiting him to… Read more »


“One good season” Lie.
“He is attempting to hold the club to ransom” Lie.

Why don’t you just shut up, please?


Oh no!!!! We wont hear the end of this any time soon. The interview will be so mutilated by tomorrow even the interviewer wont recognize it


Tired of the media trying so hard to unsettle our players


Sorry but in the french interview, the interviewer didn’t really insist on PSG, barely one question all in the end.


I don’t think any of our best players will be leaving this season. I will take his statement as a challenge for the entire team and board. Let’s win something in the coming season. COYG

Malaysian Gooner

I read this story on another site and was starting to freak out when I instinct said, “check arseblog first”.

Sure enough, there’s a whole list of quotes that the other site ‘missed’. Yes, I’m looking at you GoonerTalk.

Thank you Arseblog News, for 2 years of quality news and shitty player rating systems which I equally love.

Malaysian Gooner

*my instinct


Gutbukkit Deffrolla

That’s what my instincts tell me I should be doing too 🙂


Fuck Wayne Rooney.. Sorry but clothes dont suite a shrek let alone an Arsenal Shirt..

End of next season Rooney scores the goal for The Arsenal to win title.. YES ROONEY!!!!

Just joking.. If we do sign him I’ll support him.. But God the thought of it.. Aargh..!!


This news item is about Koscielny. Why do you feel the need to ramble on about Wayne Rooney?


talk about irony …. Well we would have at least one trophy if not for his unfortunate slip…… but has improved leaps and bounds since….. he has been able to remove lapses in his concentration…..see what a little bit of competition does


The keeper was at fault, common knowledge.

Merlin's Panini

It was equally Koscielny’s fault as it was Szczesny’s. One of them should have taken the responsibility and just leathered it away. Neither did because they didn’t communicate properly and now it’s all history.


well he has committed his share of defensive blunders ( own goals , comunication errors , etc.) and just when he comes good he about the club lacking ambition…… but i hope he commits himself to the club ……. his displays in the ending of last season were nothing short of magnificient


*he talks about


I’d like to see some trophies too, Kos’ me olde mucker.

A league cup would have been a start but your monumental fuck up ended that little micro dream didn’t it, pal.

Cant be doing with this ‘show some ambition’ mantra from players who are 100% responsible as to what happens ON the pitch.


Kos qualified us two times in a row for the CL, so your point doesn’t really add up.


He did that all on his own did he ?


And I find incredibly hilarious all the talk about the League Cup. Most fans didn’t give a rat ass about the Mickey Mouse Cup, but suddenly it’s the pinnacle of the English Football. Just beacuse we fight for the 4th spot, it doesn’t mean the League Cup is more worthy than in the past.


Who knows what would have happened if we won THAT league cup. Maybe the players would have learned what it feels like to win something and got a hunger for more and it would have knocked that ‘ won nothing for x years ‘ bollox


I get your point at the end of the article, but there’s still a worrying suggestion that yet another player thinks they are too good for Arsenal. The amount of players who think they deserve trophies by right and the rest of the team is holding them back is pretty shocking and if they were all right then surely we would have bloody won something by now.


Thats the same feeling i always get when i read such statements. And they have been numerous during the past few years. And the one quoted always leaves.
Generally, i dont like the, “i deserve a trophy or i will consider my future” line.


It’s always difficult when a player didn’t solidly say about to stay at another club as media,being media will always look up for stories to sell. For example Jovetic , based on rumours, he’s seems very close to sign for another club but instead fiorentina said they haven’t receive any offers.

It’s good to see a player really ambitious to claim the trophies which I think Kos being very honest about his ambition . Let’s hope the rumours being a rumours and his dream trophies will be earn at the emirates.

Bacary's right leg

He seems to forget the cc final he had a hand in fucking up. Its all well and good saying he wants trophies, what player doesn’t. So how about he helps the mighty Arsenal win won.

Bacary's right leg

*one. Damn swype


How about thanking him for the CL now and last year. And why does Szczesny escape criticism for that fuck up?

Bacary's right leg

I said had a hand in. I blame the hole team for messing up that chance of some sort of trophy.


If he finds a champions league race challenging how is he gonna handle a title run?
Does he want to move to a mid table team?


One good season and he’s talking about the future of the club. Who plays in those games? Do you know how many finals Bayern have played in the UCL in the last four years, when Dortmund were thumping them 5-2 in the Pokal Final, when Robben missed that decisive Penalty that handed Dortmund the Bundesliga and he Missed again in the UCL final against Chelsea. Who plays in this games and you will still be holding the club to ransom. I hate this trash. Same with Hleb, Flamini, Nasri, RVP and now Kos. Can anyone remember the 2011 League cup… Read more »


if the players are too thick to avoid these questions then they need training in how to say “ask a proper question of go fuck yourself, you hack” in multiple languages. it’s either that or he’s a little big for his boots.


You spakka. Get your facts right. It was bendtner who said that!


Wouldn’t it be awesome if kos had just said this?-“I had a very bad start to the season and I don’t need a professor to tell me that I let everybody at Arsenal down.I bounced back though but all I’m concentrating on right now is to help this wonderful club back to where it belongs(the top). The manager showed faith in me and I’m prepared to repay him by all means.I’m enjoying life in England and I love Arsenal”.


Kos you want trophy`s ?

Arsenal – Birmingham, COC Cup final, 28 II 2012, 89th minute, Obafemi Martins..

Koscielny remembred ? I don`t like, if player talk ” I`m happy here, but I want trophy”. You realy want trophy, mr. Koscielny ? Who was in squad against Blackburn in FA CUP ? Laurent had good last part of season, when we lose anything. Play all season good, next talk about trophy mr. Koscielny.


Not typed in English but very clear in expression even to english language readers. I doubt that anyone could have said it better mate!


In my happiness, my english teacher didin`t read Arseblog 🙂


I think thats harsh,

there were 10 other reason’s we lost those games.


Also, while I’m at it, I think it’s very counter productive to point out that a players ambition is misplaced because of his past mistakes. Did any of us think David Seamans ambitoin was in question when Niyemi (what ever is cu*tish name is) lobbed him from the halfway line in 89th minute of CWC Final in 95? (I cried for days, so bad that my Spud supporting farther even took pitty on his 6 year old son and gave me a hug) The point is, as in life, If he learns and improves from his past, then we can… Read more »


Such comments after wigan just won the f.a cup really piss me off. It underlined a very important fact: trophies arent won by superstars.
Our teams over the past couple of seasons could/should have won any honours, they didnt. Then stellar performers start talking about “trophies” and “strengthening the team to my standards”
this is why i dont get attached to players anymore. They always find a way to break your heart.


All players want trophy. If Arsenal hasn’t been going through a rebuilding process due to a new stadium. Do u honestly think u could have been here? I doubt it. All the same Wenger should buy good players to be able to compete for trophy next season. Kos should not even consider doing what v.Per$ie did for Arsenal. Wenger is your god so serve him till u retire.


Nonono. Wenger is your God. God would win trophies.

And that is where the trouble lies witch so called “suporters” of Arsenal FC (Arsene FC?) who can’t seem to discern the difference between the two.


We aren’t winning anything under wenger so bye bye koscielny.

Rad Carrot

Don’t know why everyone is panicking. He’s no-where near the end of his contract and Le Boss, while often misguided, doesn’t have a single reason to sell him. He sounds calm and like he’s staying. If a big club come to him, we can reject it happily. If they pay us big bucks, then fine too – we’ll take the money and reinforce. Simples. This is what this summer should be about – not just signings, but showing that we don’t need to sell anyone for peanuts. If people want our players, they’ll have to pay through the nose for… Read more »


Take the money and ‘reinforce’? We are talking about Arsenal here.

Rad Carrot

Apologies. You’re right; what I should have said was, “take the money and spend it all on eighteen youngsters from France who no-one has ever heard of.”

In all seriousness, despite my cynicism this summer regarding big signings (I don’t think we’ll get any ‘top’ names), I do think this summer will see us reinforcing where we need to.

I’d just be happy if we actually ended one summer having spent more than we’d earned, for once. Within reason, obviously; if we waste the money on the likes of… *shudder*… rooney, I think I may be sick.

Deja vu

Arsenal Rising

He has a good end to his season and he now talks this shit! Cc dickhead, remember it?! I dont even think you would of had a career if it want for Arsene and Arsenal. You would still be a 27/28 year old playing for Lorient or worse in france. Maybe you would of got lucky and cunt pardew woulda bought u for Newcastle and instead of the top four it’d be bottom four. Show the club and us some respect!


Would have thought Bayern would be trying to sign Dortmund’s centre halves. Message to Pep F**k off.


Ha ha, peps one trick is to steal from arsenal, he’s not heard about Dortmund yet. It cracks me up that that guy went to Munich, they don’t need him. Pep just thought he would easily win the bundasleague and get lots of credit for something that was in the bag and europe would be a bonus.

But then his predecessor won the treble, lets see how good he is now!


Badstuber will at least miss another 10 months due to his ligament injury. Dante is good and Boateng is, in my humble opinion, on the same level as Kos, plus younger. They’ve also signed Kirchhoff for next season, extended van Buyten’s contract, Martinez can play as CB… can’t see them being interested. Would be a bit of an overkill.

Hope he stays and starts winning titles with Arsenal.

Lady Eowyn

‘Surround me with champions or I’m off’ You were right Blogs. They felt this title was more fitting LOL.
Love how they make it sound like he said ‘I’m off’ Daily Mail wonkers


Leave it to Daily Fail to try to cause a shitstorm. Although looking at some of the comments here and on their site, they found their audience of gullible idiots.


Sort of like Arsene’s legions of guillible idiots, who actually believe anything that he says.

The table doesn’t lie, but Wenger does…


well looks like they did get an extra click with that title. i started getting pleasure out of not clicking such stupid articles.

A one man fight against ‘shitty titles for ad revenue’ business 😀

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At least he has the hunger and self-belief to be expecting and demanding more of the club/himself. I really like Kosc, definitely one of my favourites since his first season, but I feel a little aggrieved at the angle given all of the positivity coming from the squad during the out season. But I reckon half the people bitching are demanding the same from the club and screaming Wenger out as soon as results don’t go our way. We’re actually looking to strengthen this year rather than struggling to retain a similar level of quality with key players being shipped… Read more »


Fuck him! This shit about i wanna get throphy crap becoming annoying. Wenger shows some balls please. Sell him to Monaca for high profits!


Fuck off.


Yeah winning trophies is just such an annoyance in football nowadays…

Merlin's Panini

Who’s Monaca and what does she want with Koscielny especially when his crap is throphy?
And please don’t ask Mr Wenger to get his balls out. I love the guy but we don’t want to see his saggy old sack.


Yes man! That’s the way!


Same old bullshit repeats every season. We cannot continue loosing the best players and remain trophy less another year. Chelsea and Man city are catching us in terms of revenue, which was our only advantage. It’s time to spend some fu**ing money and if Kroenke and other board members are not willing to spend, they should f**k off. A lot of people may disagree with me, but the fact is we will continue losing players and remain trophy less unless there is a change in club policy. Winning trophies should be the main motive for our club. Unfortunately at present… Read more »


Love Laurent Koscielny – my favourite arsenal player in the current team…

In my opinion there is no better defender at tackling from behind, 1 on 1, in the box.


Sad that so many people fall for the same media bullshit without checking what he actually said. The interviewer first asks him about where he would be playing next season he says he’s happy at arsenal. Then the interviewer specifically asks him what would make you leave arsenal? Now I don’t think anyone really expects him to reply “nothing would ever make me leave arsenal” so saying if they continue to just fight for 4th is a pretty reasonable response, though he qualifies it by saying I think the club has the means to win trophies (nicely left out by… Read more »


I thought it was more odd he talked about being put off by the constant pressure of qualifying for the Champions League and then said he wanted to be competing for titles, as if he thinks that would be a walk in the park.


Worrying quote on the face of it, players showing their frustration in the press is never good for the club BUT I think this is needed We have paid off most of the debt (only long term stadium debt left), even by conservative estimates we have £70m to spend on transfer fees alone, we will free up close to 300-400k in wages and more importantly we have no transfer sagas to worry about. Buying good players in this summer should not be good enough, Wenger and the board will not only lose the fans (some have already turned against them)… Read more »

Pikachu Gooner

….we might actually have had a trophy in the cabinet if it wasn’t for inconsistencies, on field dizzy-spells & own-goal blitz. . .Maybe he doesn’t realise that by showing ambition the club wld actually consider axing players of his calibre to buy more consistent performers


Winning the league in France by joining PSG is right up there in terms of an achievement with winning the league in Scotland by joining Celtic. In short, no achievement at all.


Winning no trophies in England is even less of an achievement…


So winning something that takes little to no effort is a greater achievement than coming fourth in a league that takes far, far more? Not in my book.


Then you must be arsenl wenger…


Kos is right , you cannot fault him for anything he has said. Every player wants to win a trophy and Arsenal FC has not shown any ambition for the last 8 yrs . There is nothing wrong in wanting to win a trophy ,seeing other winning trophy’s , makes one to want the same .

Arsenal FC need no more excuses . From the noise coming from within , there is money to spend , now the question we should be asking is , would the manager eventually spend that money


Arsenal FC has not shown any ambition for the last 8 yrs.

Over the last 8 years Arsenal have independently funded and built one of the largest stadia in Europe, which has secured the means to (just about) compete with moneybags clubs in the long run. I can’t see any club which has come close to matching the ambition Arsenal have shown in that act over the last 8 years, unless by “shown any ambition” you really mean “become the plaything of a billionnaire oligarch”.

team spirit

he has 4.5 years remaining on his contract, how can he be holding the club to ransom???


I love you Kos but STFU and win some shit then.

It’s arguable that we could have had a Carling Cup were it not for a cock up that you were involved in. You were exclusively at fault mind you but still.


I meant to say ‘weren’t’ exclusively at fault blah blah blah.


Thanks blogs for bringing some sanity to the translation as I was about to put a hit out on Kos!!!

igor stepanovs

time on contract still remaining, wenger won’t sell. next.


When it comes to some fans it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

I guess some people … even though they know exactly how the media works … even if they’ve seen it a thousand times before … even if they’ve been caught out a thousand times before … even if they all said last time it’ll never happen again … that “I’ll never be that stupid” … ever … ever … again …

… just keep proving themselves wrong.



you are a genius.



strange the way this interview is being interpreted. well i guess most people don’t have the benefits of listening first hand in a language they understand rather than from 2nd and 3rd diluted sources.

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