Arsenal club captain Laurent Koscielny has admitted that he almost followed Arsene Wenger in quitting the Gunners this summer (via GFFN).
It was a summer of tremendous change for the Gunners as manager Arsene Wenger and a number of his coaches headed for the exit door.
There were changes in the playing personnel too with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla among the highest profile players to leave the club.
However, it seems that another key player could have joined them in leaving the club over the break: Laurent Koscielny.
“He started thinking about a possible departure from Arsenal at the same time as Arsène Wenger,” said Koscielny’s agent, Stéphane Courbis in an interview with France Football.
“It was the right moment, the final moment to leave with the arrival of the new manager. I had already anticipated this, with two or three offers that were starting to make us think.
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“We were open to different options, China as much as France. He could not see himself playing for another English team other than Arsenal.
“Since the approach from Marseille last season, the notion of returning to Ligue 1 entered his thinking. It was a genuine possibility.”
Laurent Koscielny is undoubtedly coming towards the end of his Arsenal career. The Gunners’ captain has been a fine player but at 33 years old, isn’t going to be able to perform at his level for much longer.