L’Equipe are reporting this morning that the Europa League final against Chelsea could be Laurent Koscielny’s last ever game as an Arsenal player.
The 33 year old will lead the Gunners out in Baku, hoping to lead the club to its first European trophy in 25 years.
Next week’s final could be Koscielny’s last #Arsenal game, report L’Equipe. One year left on contract, he wants to play 2-3 more and no talks yet for extension. Leverkusen, Milan, Monaco, Rennes keen. Gunners want Barcelona’s Umtiti as replacement and could get him for €60m
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) May 24, 2019
The Frenchman’s agent revealed that he was considering his future last year when it was announced that Arsene Wenger would be leaving the club, seeing his own departure as a timely way to leave when the man who brought him to North London was also on his way out.
Then injury struck in the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, scuppering any possibility of a move.
It now appears as if he’s willing for one more challenge before he retires with Bayer Leverkeusen, AC Milan, Monaco and Rennes all interested.
A return to France seems most likely if he does go, but his departure would make an already complicated summer for Arsenal even more so.
Central defensive reinforcements are a must, and even if Koscielny was only a squad player next season it would make it easier to move on Shkodran Mustafi in whom many have lost faith after a difficult season.
The captain still has one year left on his current contract.