Emery on Koscielny’s future and new signings

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Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids gave Arsenal fans a glimpse of an exciting future as Academy graduates James Olayinka and Bukaya Saka and new signing Gabriel Martinelli all got on the scoresheet.

After the game, it was the future of an experienced head that was put under the microscope as journalists finally got a chance to quiz Unai Emery on the absence of club captain Laurent Koscielny.

The Frenchman informed the club on the eve of the US tour that he would not be joining and question marks remain over the next step for both parties.

When asked about the status of the issue, Emery told his post-game press conference: “Now it is a matter for the club and for the player. The club and him need to speak, they are speaking about his situation.

“I cannot say more than that. I spoke with him before he came here and he decided to stay there.”

In any outcome where Koscielny is denied a move, Koscielny will presumably need to be reintegrated. It’s not something Emery is contemplating at the moment.

He added: “Really I cannot say more about that. For me now it’s clear we need to keep moving ahead. We’re here with the players who have the spirit to create the new way. Laurent Koscielny for me, now, I’m waiting on his decision with the club.”

The comments do not look good in regards to the captain’s involvement for the rest of the season and a move away does seem likely. Whether further new arrivals pitch up at the Emirates before the new season gets going remains to be seen.

“The club is working [on transfers],” said Emery. “We are speaking every day with the club and Edu. I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.

“We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.”

The clock is ticking.

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Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Regardless of what can be said about the club, some players, and in some circles, Emery himself, I think we owe Unai and the players currently on tour some credit for actually getting on with their jobs (I know it’s what they’re paid to do). It can’t be easy on them, not knowing who’ll be here at the start of next season, what formations will be possible, being dragged out for promos, if a new signing will impact/propel their progress, what direction is the club heading in, and so on.

So, forgetting all the drama surrounding AFC at present, I’d just like to remind the travelling players that you all have a lot of Gooners’ respect for getting on with it – and some of us will be watching your travels more than reading the tiring transfer speculation ‘news’. We look forward to you all making a claim for a first-team spot in these preseason fixtures!

COYG!

midgunner
midgunner

Well said. Good to hear some sanity as silly season gets into full swing.

I’ve had enough doom this summer. At least let’s get behind these young players and give them our full support, the rest of it is out of our hands anyway.

Gilberto
Gilberto

If some of the noise from the press is true, Ceballos has chosen us, Soares is close, Saliba wants us and Tierney is pretty close. We do still need a centre back or 2 ! for now, but it could work out ok…….. ?

However not Rob Holding my breath……….

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

Not Rob Holding my breath. Quality. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Damnit Gilberto, that was the complete opposite of the sentiment I was trying to project 😂
But to be fair, that’d be damn decent. Maybe it’s all dreamland stuff but Tierney at LB for the next ten years, Saliba and Cellabos choosing us over Spurs, Everton/Malcolm/Fraser/Ziyech/Fekir (whichever creative attacker/winger[s] we’re after), rumours of Alves, and like you say a CB, and many a happy Gooner would be able to get a good nights sleep for the first time in a while!

…But let’s face it, we’ve got another five years of anxiety-ridden insomnia as we trudge a loan deal for Battersea Alexandria’s Darty McShitfarts, dubbed the next Theodore Walcott, and have to sell the Clock End stand just to afford to pay off Ozil and Mustafi’s contracts.

CHIBS
CHIBS

I suppose in this current Street-minded/cutthroat Arsenal manager-styled era we find ourselves , you’ll have to be a cutthroat/hardball agent when dealing with Arsenal and other others who’ll copy them because this type of sarcastic, hardball management (Don Mino Raiola) works .

Fact is Arsenal are thinking only about Arsenal. So if they’re gonna run Koscielny into the ground I’ll at least leverage a good payrise for my client, it’s my client y’all are playing with. ‘Arsenal fan’ wont pay me higher fees for managing his waning arse.

So the spanish dons aint having none of that so they refuse his demand and he’s expected to fly to America (where he probably has interesting offers that don’t assure to destroy him even in the mext three years) , and I’m his fucking hardball agent; he aint getting on no planes hommie. Because you know why ? Arsenal ain’t playing w/o Koscielny because he in the reserves (lol ) , that shits on opportunity cost like mad, or sell him for shits, he’s worth over 45 million to us right now . So they’ll have Emery who has a good relationship with his player to do damage control before he feels hurt and talks to La Galaxy . Everybody gets what they want. Most likely Koscielny is staying with a better deal and assurance. If i was his agent

CHIBS
CHIBS

The whole world is a transactional relationship and we only excuse the closer ones because we’ve let irrational and non-selfish behaviors eg love blur our views. But this corporation can pay you your worth and youll still have love

Arsene McLovin
Arsene McLovin

I miss Rambling Pete. His rambles were awesome.

Futsboller
Futsboller

As Giroud said in his interview picked up by the BBC, there is a lot more behind the Kos-Arsenal story than has been reported. Let’s just hope everything works out for the best for both parties.

A Different George
A Different George

Was that Giroud at Wimbledon? I thought I saw several shots of him.

Axedsoul
Axedsoul

Yep it was. I wonder for whom was he cheering.

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

Whatever you now think of Kosc or not, I can’t help but feel, if Arsenal genuinely wanted to keep him, that bridge was burnt by the very abrupt PR on the situation.

Even if they concluded it was the right call, surely some time thinking on it would’ve made sense? It felt like hours before the Kos meeting and the press release, doesn’t really give much time for introspection.

CHIBS
CHIBS

You haven’t lost until you sell

SLV
SLV

Why not use Kos in the deal for Saliba? They get an immediate replacement for the season, freeing up Saliba to move this summer. Kos goes back to France. We pay a lower transfer for a new, young CB and save some on salary to spend somewhere else it’s needed.

Mesut O’Neil
Mesut O’Neil

That would be too clever for an Arsenal transfer.

CHIBS
CHIBS

I think they’re keeping Saliba back for Salibas sake

Vas Chiotis
Vas Chiotis

Sad times. Not that the skipper wants out but a sign that we have gone from being a Club who keep our business in house to a club that now broadcast that one of our main players is unsettled and disillusioned at our direction. In my opinion we should sell him and recuperate some funds to help build as best team as possible. Lets hope Holding keeps fit. Top player.
Hard times ahead with this owner. Only positive is we have some kids coming through the ranks. Season ticket prices should reflect that. GOYG

Santori
Santori

Koscielny is doing the club a massive favour.

They will cut corners otherwise and try to extend the injury prone and over 33yrsstalwart a season too far.

By pushing for a move, he will force them to commit to a better solution than buying some relatively untried young Cback for way too much money (even if in installments we will eventually pay it) that ridiculously may have to be loaned back. If this player proves (as many have before) a wash out, we will be stuck with a large loss not to mention difficulty moving him on.

Think.

Drogheda Gunner
Drogheda Gunner

What is your problem with looking to the future with saliba, one of the most promising centre backs in Europe?

Santori
Santori

Whether we of course have any coherent plan this summer is up for debate.

This whole pursuit of Tierney smacks of desperation and grasping at straws.

a) We don’t need to worry about Lback for another season. Although also 33yrs, Monreal is still in decent nick to to cover.

b) We have a finite budget and need to focus on Cback, wide player (prob CM). 15m was too much money and would have had repercussions on our money for these more priority positions never mind 25m.

Frankly the position we SHOULD be concentrating on first and foremost is Cback.

It would be ideal to bring this player in As soon As Possible to help familiarise with team before start of season.

Unless the player is as high calibre as say Umtiti in which case (if that’s the case) we may have to play a waiting game with Barca for them to complete their moves.

In which case Raul should have theoretically some pull.

One way we could help things a long would be of course maybe to precipitate it by offering say Cbacks to Ajax to let them move De Ligt quicker (assuming of course he doesn’t land at Juve)

BUT we need Cback not Lback.

Its ridiculous to think the club will even contemplate keeping Koscielny.

All the ire on Mustafi but when Koscielny and Sokratis were in the much lauded flat 4 (frankly the cause of our end of season slump), they shipped 3 goals against Wolves away and then 4 against Chelsea in the finals.

Unless you like to shift goal posts and blame midfield instead (say Granit when Torreira would be equally culpable), an inconvenient truth too many prefer to stay silent on.

😉

Dohperm
Dohperm

I have a question… Is Emery really a good technical coach? Even if we buy quality players, does he really have the premiership quality expected to truly take us up the ladder? Would he not drop head when all players’ heads needed their coach to lift them up?…anyways, last season crucial moments on my mind!

Fengunner

There seems to be a culture of bashing the senior players and it looks as if this is something that has been noted by several of them – both past and present.

Kos has obviously done what he has for a reason. No doubt his negotiations for an extension have something to do with that. He joins Ozil at being “singled out” either by Emery or by the board. Nacho Monreal hinted at it and now Olivier Giroud has done so too. Fort them to speak out suggests all is not well in the dressing room, and those with the loudest voices appear to be getting the boot.

As for Junior? pffffffffft

NZGooner
NZGooner

Bring in Krystian Bielik, he can’t be worse than Mustafi, let Kos go.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Sensible approach from Emery. The financial problems are obviously having a big effect on his plans. The best hope to raise some extra money is to offload the deadwood from the squad – we all know who they are by now. There’s been no movement at all though as far as I can see. I fear that, in the end, we will have to allow most of them to run down their contracts before showing them the exit. Playing youngsters is obviously an option but this has to be done carefully. How many young players have we had in the past decade, say, who were tipped for “good, even great things”, only to leave the club after having be loaned out all over the place. On Koscielny, I can’t see how he can be reintegrated given what’s happened, and the fact he’s the club captain. What kind of message would that give to the youngsters in particular?