Borussia Dortmund are considering moving to sign Laurent Koscielny, according to Bild.
The German outlet claim that the Bundesliga runners-up are looking to boost their back line with a player of significant experience, and they feel that Koscielny could be the player to fulfill their need.
Having played in Ligue 2 with Guingamp and Tours, the 33-year-old eventually joined Arsenal after a season with Ligue 1 side Lorient back in 2010. The man that was named Arsenal captain following the retirement of Per Mertesacker would go on to play 353 competitive matches in the Gunners’ shirt, and score 27 goals as a centre-back, helping the team to two FA Cup trophies, two league cup finals, and a Europa League final recently.
Koscielny has always been a great fighter, a player that personified desire to give his best and an inspiring leader. However, as he crossed the 30-year mark, he became much slower on the pitch, and following the Achilles tendon tear in the Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid last year, he unfortunately blended in too well with the rest of the calamitous Arsenal defence.
These days, he seems just a shadow of his former self. His return from injury did nothing to ease the pain of lacking a proper defensive leader in the team now led by Unai Emery, and with high-quality additions to the back line needed (and hopefully coming this summer), it may be for the best, both for him and the club, to part ways.
Playing for Dortmund could, at this point, hardly be considered a step down. They finished second in the Bundesliga and will be playing in the Champions League next season, which is more than Arsenal can say right now. On the other hand, it also feels like it’s really time to move on from players who seem left behind by the ruthless pace of the Premier League.