Emery: It’s on the club to sort Koscielny problem

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Unai Emery doesn’t expect Laurent Koscielny to be part of his plans this season but says he’s leaving a final decision on the Frenchman’s Arsenal future to the people above him.

The Spaniard says he has respect for the Frenchman although it seems pretty obvious he’s seething inside about the way his captain has behaved.

Koscielny informed the club that he would not travel on the pre-season tour of the US because he wants to leave the Emirates despite being under contract for another year.

“I’ve spoken about him, with respect to him,” said Emery after Arsenal’s penalty shootout defeat to Real Madrid in Washington DC.

“I tried to be with us in the position here and continue working and finding one solution between the club, between him and us.

“When he decided not to come here with us on tour, the solution is now only for the club and him.

“He decided to be out. I respect him but I have a responsibility, he has a responsibility, and the club have their responsibility.

“Now it’s one issue only for the club and him. My idea is to continue with the players we are working with, and the players that want to be here.”

Ligue 1 sides Rennes and Bordeaux are said to be interested in signing Koscielny although both have denied having an agreement with the 33-year-old and neither want to pay Arsenal’s £10 million asking price.

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Rob67
Rob67

I really wonder – and No, I am not being sarcastic – what the chances are of us winding up with a financial profit from this transfer window ?

Because we’re running one as it is. Tierney deal appears dead ; Cebalos doubtful ; and a host of other stuff is hot air and we have 15 days left and nothing much looks likely.

Perhaps they’ll give us another corporate pep talk instead ?

CHIBS
CHIBS

The men at our helm have their professional resumes to not let down. They’re not playing

Goonereality
Goonereality

Possible, but given all the talk by management so far it would be highly embarrassing if that was the outcome on 8 August. What worries me is that we’ll be bounced into making purchases by the pressure of “something must be done”, or more accurately, “someone must be bought”, as time runs out.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Would this be a problem? If we get into the CL for the season after, after blooding the youngsters and keeping our powder dry for next summer, maybe that’s actually the sensible path to take. We’ve wasted so much money on average players, loans and youth promotion may work out better.

Got to get top 4 though…

Rob67
Rob67

“Would this be a problem? ” – Well it depends if you think that shipping another 50 plus goals in the course of the forthcoming campaign would be a problem ?

It’s all a matter of taste, I suppose.

Glenn
Glenn

We won’t be anywhere near top 4 without reinforcements.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I disagree as we were one point off top four with our current bunch of merry men. Admittedly we will need some of the big guns to step up and failing that the youngsters have looked very lively.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

That’s a phenomenally huge “if”…

Goonereality
Goonereality

I think, given our current circumstances, it’s more important to focus on trying everything to fix the problems now, not hope for the best in a season or two.

You’re right about a top four finish. We’re losing money hand over fist out of the CL – between £25-35 million a season – and will find it increasingly difficult to attract interest from top quality players (let alone afford them) as long as we are.

John C
John C

Or maybe we’ve renewed cohesions contract?

Mpls
Mpls

To be fair, we haven’t heard anything real about the Ceballos deal being affected by Asencio. All we really have is Emery saying “I don’t know” at a press conference, and Sky claiming he’s here for medical.

Reality check
Reality check

If are counting to do our business on deadline day then other European clubs won’t be desperate to sell as their window will still be open. Not a very strong position to be IMO..

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I knew we had some ego’s in our team but never expected this from Kos. Laters pal. Enjoy mid table obscurity in a league no one cares about.

thw14
thw14

Last line sounds like a set up for an Arsenal joke.

Matty Cakes
Matty Cakes

Do you think we are trying to use Kos in a deal for Rennes’s Sarr or Bensebaini?

Deo
Deo

I am ordering my Koscielny shirt before he leaves. He gave us the best years of his footballing life. He’s also the only other competent centre back in an Arsenal shirt that I have seen apart from Toure and Mertesacker. We all make mistakes. I hope this doesn’t tarnish his legacy too much.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

He also gave us one season and half of errors and red cards.

John C
John C

He also played a major role in 8-2, 6-0, 6-1, 6-3, 5-1, 5-1, 5-1 defeats alongside multiply different partners and still some people think he’s been good for us!

arsepedant
arsepedant

The last two 5-1s, he was unjustly red carded in one and injured early in the other. Putting the two matches together, in the 75 minutes he played we won 2-1, and the 105 minutes we were without him we lost 9-1.

John C
John C

If you say so, I don’t remember it like that and it’s typical late Wenger excuses/what if/if only nonsense. He played in far too may of those results for him not to be culpable.

Reality check
Reality check

“He gave us the best years of his footballing life”

I am not gonna say he was paid handsomely for it but TBF, it’s not like Europe’s elite were always on the door, going all out for Kos. In fact I don’t remember a single bid from any of the top clubs.. even City, who once treated us like Ebay, never made an enquiry.

He was decent on his day sometimes, even world-class but like our defence, never consistant.

Cycs

In fairness to him, Bayern did inquire about him some seasons back and every other team knew we were never going to sell him + the player himself was totally committed to the club and wasn’t entertaining any advances!

karl
karl

It is best for all parties that he leaves now, but I choose to remember the positives he brought during a difficult tie for the club.

The most important thing is that the club bring in a fee to change our poor record on putting the club first. It is our money as fans that they are administering.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

It should be forbidden to say his name, regarding anything to do with Arsenal.

Never Happen
Never Happen

Kos gave us several good seasons.
I agree he should leave now but I
wish him well in the future.

Santori
Santori

He’s doing us a favour.

If there is any plan at all, it seems like the transfer team want to (yet again) risk next season and skimp on this position.

Saliba does not help us in any way (being rented back out) nor is he proven beyond just 16 matches last season. Contrast Upamecano or Koyate both of whom have over 45 matches to their credit (if you want to measure stats over a longer more sustained period) in an extremely frugal Liepzig (just 29 goals all season)

Seems to be the idea was to bank on Koscielny as back up again (ignoring injury issues, waning powers) and trumpet holding as LANS, distract with Saliba (for the future) and spend the money on Tierney (if 20m and below)… a position we do not need to worry about as much till next summer.

Saliba as mentioned at 27-29m a massive risk. If he flops, we will be saddled with a HUGE loss (with potential effects in future markets) not to mention he will be difficult to off load.

With Koscielny taking himself out of equation, we are force to reconsider.

If yesterday was anything to go by, it should be a reminder (from Sokratis and Emery) how fragile we still are.

One knock or red to a prime Cback or two and we lose the plot.

What Koscielny is saying (and likely Sokratis) is buy the Cback we need.

Whether Mustafi or Chambers is able to move on or stay is irrelevant.

Likely the club being cheap refuses to consider spending on the Leipzig pair (prob available for 30m and surely they will relinquish one, we could even send one of our hopefuls their way on loan – say Mavropanos or Bielik)

Instead reports are that Chelsea have a young defender loaned out to them next season which even more gives indication they are willing to sell.

Another option maybe a bit more expensive could be Suomano at Lille OSC, again another frugal team defensively last season. Prob 35m.

Or if Raul can leverage on his ‘football relations’ at former club Barca maybe Umtiti who is facing competition from Lenglet, Todibo and Pique. He will be more difficult and may not be as cheap say 40m.

If we had the gumption to bring in say Ziyech at 22m (according to Overmars) or even Fekir at 24-30m (now at betis) we should have spare change off of 40m spend plus say 20m -25m on player sales.

That should bring us close to ballpark for either of the Leipzig lads or Soumano or a bit more of a reach Umtiti.

As I mentioned all summer we need to be spending limited to two positions ONLY and bring in quality over quantity (particularly if Cebellos deal goes through)

Pragmatic sales is key.

Koscielny for a start we can sell. We should not be expecting 8-10m. 4-5m should do for him.

Mhkitaryan we should also put up for sale. Not sure why we wantEmile Smith Rowe again on loan. BUT even so, with Cebellosi in and Ozil (likely)going no where on his wages, the Armenian is excess.

10m should do for him in market, an older waning playmaker but still plenty of utility in say Italy for another 3 or 4 seasons.

Then one of Chambers or Mustafi should be sold at 15m ballpark. This will of course depend on takers in market. I suspect Chambers decision will depend on his appetite to challenge as a fourth pick from the bench but local content should see his value at at least 15m -20mm

Add in Ospina (3m Napoli) and HOPEFULLy the useless pair of Jenkinson (free) and Elneny (3-4m) and we should be able to cobble up a decent sum to increase our budget from the paltry 40m mark.

70m would mean if we had got a Fekir or Ziyech at say 30m, there is still between 30-40m for a good Cback option without distractions of Saliba or Tierney.

Do not understand our strategy in market. Seems very dissipated, extremely distracted and clutching at straws in the wind rather than directed and cohesive to our immediate tactical needs next season.

Koscielny is NOT the first to speak out at our policy. Clearly he is not moving for money so his ‘strike’ is not motivated to that end.

Show the man more respect. he deserves it.

Kekstar

The Santori “rinsing” continues!

Mrnkrm
Mrnkrm

It struck me as a bit odd when kos made negative comments towards the French NT and particularly deschamps when they won the world cup. But with what’s happening now, it has become clear. This man doesn’t know how to handle his resentment very well.

Goonereality
Goonereality

The more his departure is delayed, the more damage his staying will do. It’s a shame given his overall record of service to the club that it ends this way but, given he is club captain, drawing this out will have a destabilising effect. Put an end to it now, even if we don’t get a fee for him (and we can’t realistically expect much, certainly nowhere near £10 million, at 33).