Laurent Koscielny has served a warning that he may exit the club if the Gunners do not reinforce the squad and fight for the championship next season.
Arsenal have come off the back of a challenging season run-in to clinch a top four spot which ends another trophy less season for Arsene Wenger.
The newly established first choice centre back Koscielny was a vital part of the improved form in the final few months, consequently creating speculation with the likes of PSG and Bayern Munich interested in acquiring the French international.
The 27-year-old is under contract until 2017 but has admitted he may seek a new club if the Gunners do not strengthen accordingly and fight for the title next season.
He reportedly told Eurosport:
I want to have some titles. I hope the club will give itself the means. If that’s not the case, I’ll go take a look elsewhere.
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I feel good at Arsenal, and if we’re given the means to be able to rival big teams, of course I want to continue the adventure. If it’s to be fighting each year like this season, mentally, it’s hard. We’re always under pressure and we know a single season without the Champions League at Arsenal is difficult.
We’ll have to see whether there are clubs who are interested. I don’t just want to go anywhere. I want to discover a new championship.
[on interest from Paris Saint-Germain] I don’t know. I have not had any contact.
This is once again another reason why Arsenal must invest in the squad. How can the Gunners expect to keep the best talent at the club if time and time again they fail in the league and in cup competitions. This summer has to be different, and there can be no excuses. No players need to be sold and in turn a host of top quality strikers and some defensive midfielders are available on the market.
But in saying that Koscielny is in no position to speak out like this. The French centre half was a nobody in 2010 and only became a regular in the second half of last season. He has hardly been at the club for long so it is worrying to hear the Frenchman is actually thinking of leaving, he wouldn’t be in the national team if it wasn’t for Wenger’s tutorship.
What are your thoughts on Koscielny’s comments? Do you think he has been translated incorrectly or if he is just the next RvP (minus the prolific goalscoring)? Comment below..