Report: Bordeaux eyeing Koscielny

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According to L’Equipe, Laurent Koscielny is attracting interest from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

Our 33-year-old captain has one year left on his contract at the Emirates and it’s currently unclear whether he’s viewed as dispensable or not by the football operations team.

Sport Witness translate that an approach for Kos is spurred by a desire to replace Jules Koundé, a 20-year-old hot prospect who is moving to Sevilla. Clubs in Turkey and German giants Borussia Dortmund have also sniffed around this summer.

On the one hand, we could still command a half-decent transfer fee for Koscielny – that’s if we ignore reports that he’s asking us to release him for free a year early – and we know he weighed up leaving last year. 

On the other, he proved he can still handle the rigours of top-level football after a very impressive comeback from a career-threatening achilles injury.

For what it’s worth, we think it would be foolish to sacrifice his experience for a few quid in the bank, especially given the lack of clarity over the future of our other defenders and our struggles to recruit.

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Sancheezy
Sancheezy

No. Just simply no. He’s our only true leader and anchor in defense at Arsenal.

Santori
Santori

Don’t be clouded by sentiment.

He has been slower in recent season and wear and tear issues will mean he will be less and less available for us.

Again, people like to blame Mustafi (rightly so maybe at Palace) but our defensive pair of Sokratis/Koscielny in following game at Wolves shipped 3 goals.

Inconvenient truth.

kaius
kaius

We signed this man in 2010 and he’s still our best defender. Should’ve won at least one Premier League title but we never put a proper defensive midfield unit ahead of him.

Time to move on from Lolo. Another Premier League season won’t do him any favours.

Homer
Homer

Don’t love this, but I suppose you’re dead right.

Helluva player, Boss-cielny! Will miss him if he goes. Nothing but the best wishes for the man. Class.

Djgooner
Djgooner

Would be really sad to see him leave. We need some players that understand what it means to represent arsenal especially after losing rambo.

SB Still
SB Still

Wenger would have taken all the bullets for these kind of transfers before.

Why are Tierney, Saliba deals hanging still. If they are the top targets why are we letting other clubs a chance to come in?

Zaha bid? What next!

Santori
Santori

There’s no direction to our strategy.

We seem to be grasping at straws in the wind.

1) Tierney. We don’t need to worry about this area just yet. We have to add a Cback, Winger and CM with only 40m plus hopefully another 20-25m if we can sell.

2) Saliba – Again we don’t have money to spend and then rent out. We need a capable Cback so this seems equally daft.

3) Zaha – in a market with so many options (Ziyech, Carrasco, Everton, NEres, Thauvin, Fekir, Pepe) we seem unable to play off the sellers and instead prefer to make ourselves look desperate.

Can’t see how we have improved with Wenger and Dick Law gone.

Santori
Santori

…and the bigger problem is with Mslintat out of the way (not that he was that good either), we now have Raul dictating things and I’d be wary of his experience as “director of Football relations’ at Barca.

Genuinely worrying set up.

K9ine
K9ine

Best years are behind him. We can’t be moaning about how we conducted biz in the past and allow an ageing injury devastated player run down his contract. We need to look forward and be realistic about our position.
I love Kos the boss, but it’s time to let go. All players with one year left on their contract with no intention of renewing should be sold if buyers are available.

NairoGunner89
NairoGunner89

While I fully agree, I can not fathom why we get so mad when players leave us early. If we can not be loyal to them when they need it the most, why do we get angry when they refuse to be loyal to us when we need them the most?

Farewell Kos, he was brilliant always. Would have loved to have him for another year but it does not make sense financially and for the squad. All the best to him.

Santori
Santori

Exactly.

Too many people are clouded by sentiment.

Which is why they have an over estimation of Jenkinson.

Koscielny has been great for us but his prime is clearly some time back.

OTOH whether we reinforce with the right new Cback remains to be seen.

We need experience back there not some teenager to be loaned back to St Ettienne that will take up a substantial part of our summer budget.

That wouldn’t be particularly wise.

Hantal
Hantal

I’d imagine the clubs bean counters will be looking at his wages vs potential availability, would be surprised to see him still here by the end of the summer sadly

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

I know this is going to get down voted to bits, I know he’s a decent defender,

But he’s not a leader, and he’s been part of a shite defensive unit for years, we should aim for better, he’s the best of a bad bunch, i have no ill will towards him, but we as club can do better, he wants to leave, leave then.

We cant keep complaining about letting players run down contracts and not getting good money for players, if when the chance comes we get soppy and keep a 33 year old, injury prone defender who wants to leave.

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

He was mainstay in the world champion French side until injury. I think “best of a bad bunch” is recency bias. It was only a few years ago Kos and Per were the most solid central defensive pairing in the PL.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

I think that’s pushing it a bit to be fair

Santori
Santori

Time to go.

He hasn’t been that solid for us.

People like to criticise Mustafi but following match against Wolves, Koscielny and Sokratis were in the ‘preferred’ back 4 duo and we slipped 3 goals.

Ditto against Chelsea.

Instead these same people will then shift the blame elsewhere to say granit (another popoular scapegoat) or Ozil…ignoring of course Torreira was fundamentally responsible for at least one of those goals against in the finals.

Koscielny started off his career in poor fashion for us but than came into it second season.

He’s been a stalwart but at 33yrs with too much wear and tear issues, we need to let him go.

Monreal is similar age but has less wear.

We need to be less sentimental/hysterical when viewing these things and make logical decisions.

Too many people are fettered by sentiment over proper judgement.

Case in point say Jenkinson or Elneny. Why complain about Mustafi when these two don’t even feature much and are complete waste of space. In fact Jenkinson is so trusted that Emery preferred to employ the ‘calamitous’ Mustafi ahead of him at Rback.

If Koscielny has a good offer to go to pasture at Bordeaux in late career, we need to let him go.

We need a new Cback in with Sokratis and Holding.

Thereafter depending on the quality/experience of this new Cback, and the demand in market we let either one of Chambers or Mustafi, or both go.

If both get sold and the quality of new Cback is an Umtiti level, then we can risk Mavropanos in squad as fourth choice or Bielik. Truthfully, Mavropanos need to go out on strong loan to play regularly and accelerate development.

Otherwise if we sell only one of Mustafi or Chambers and if player coming in is a bit more of an “if”, we mayneed to retain one of them for back up.

Badaab
Badaab

Until we add more defenders who can fill the void, letting him leave seems ridiculous.
That we can’t give someone who has been a faithful servant to the club and a strong performer the proper end to his career (by allowing him a few more years of play in France) is testament to the weakness of our transfer team and financial situation (both of which I would argue are self-inflicted problems).

Anders Limpar
Anders Limpar

Vermaelen is available on a free at the mo…. Bordeaux could reunite the most injury prone CB pairing of recent years. If they could somehow keep them both fit then what a pairing for League 1!

Arsenio
Arsenio

Swap for Jules, maybe.

Jack4343
Jack4343

In the kit video, I thought he said, “We run North London!” but evidently he said “We run from North London!”

Manu petits left peg
Manu petits left peg

He’s done so much for the club just let him go. He’s earned it

Vonnie
Vonnie

Kos has given everything for us and I would love to see him stay, but if he feels it’s time to leave and move home to France then I think he has earned that right. Whatever happens this season, for me he will always have a special place at Arsenal.