Laurent Koscielny hasn’t entirely filled Arsenal fans with confidence following his latest comments, with the Frenchman failing to fully commit himself to the club.
The experienced centre-back insists he’s happy at Arsenal and has no intention of looking for a move away, but the “for the moment” caveat is somewhat disappointing.
“I have everything I need. There were teams interested in me but I always asked myself if it was worth taking the risk. I have seen a good few players leave for a bigger club find themselves on the substitutes’ bench,” he told Le Journal du Dimanche.
“At the start of my career I was often on the bench. I hated it. I said to myself, never again.
“For the moment, I have no reason to go and look elsewhere. I have everything I need to develop myself.”
Koscielny is arguably among the best centre-backs in the world at the moment, so it’s hardly surprising that he’d be courted by a number of top clubs. It would be nice to hear him commit his future to the club though, rather than suggesting an exit is eventually on the cards.
Obviously you can’t expect a player to stay at the club forever if they aren’t getting the game time they want, so if Koscielny were to be dropped he may well look for an Emirates exit. The majority of fans however, would prefer the illusion that every player is 100% committed to the club and has no intention of ever playing for anyone else again.
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Hopefully we continue to give Koscielny what he wants at Arsenal, and he keeps his blinders on with regards to transfers away from the club. At least he recognises the mistakes made by previous Arsenal players – like Alex Song, Alexander Hleb, and Cesc Fabregas – and for the moment at least has no intention of leaving.