June 13, 2019 by
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. .......Read more here.....
June 07, 2019 by
Arsenal should, and we should stress the word should, be one of the busiest teams in Europe during the upcoming summer transfer window. Their season fell apart during the last few months, and as such, they need to re-group and really think about who they want to come in and who they want to go out at the club. It’s not going to be easy to pick and choose what’s going to happen, but these are the kind of tasks that managers like Unai Emery need to make. .......Read more here.....
May 29, 2019 by
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette has been talking about the importance of centre-back Laurent Koscielny in the Gunners run to tonight’s Europa League final against Chelsea.
Respect for his compatriot
Talking about his teammate, Lacazette told Teamtalk: “He worked all summer to come back quickly and when he came back he played four games in a row after a big injury. That is really hard.
“He has helped us all season to be better in defence. We all have big respect for Laurent. A really big respect”. .......Read more here.....
May 25, 2019 by
According to talkSPORT, Arsenal veteran French centre-back Laurent Koscielny could exit the club this summer. The 33-year-old has just a year left on his contract and reportedly the Gunners could sell the defender if he does not sign a new deal this summer.
The same report also claims that the Gunners could target Barcelona’s French centre-back Samuel Umtiti as his compatriot’s replacement.
Koscielny’s future in doubt
When Koscielny is fit the experienced centre-back is Arsenal best defender. However, there have been doubts over the Frenchman’s future at the club since last summer, when he was reportedly considering his future. .......Read more here.....
May 01, 2019 by
On Thursday night, Arsenal host Valencia at the Emirates Stadium, in the Europa League semi-final first leg.
The Gunners head into Thursday’s clash on the back of a three-game losing run in all competitions while conceding at least three goals in all three defeats. Last time out, Arsenal suffered a 3-0 defeat at Leicester City.
Despite the Gunners poor recent run of results, the team from north London have won their last three Europa League games, while also keeping three straight clean sheets. In fact, Unai Emery’s team has kept clean sheets in nine of their last 11 matches in the Europa League. .......Read more here.....
April 21, 2019 by
According to most observers of Arsenal in recent seasons, defensive frailties have been at the heart of the Gunners failure to qualify for the Champions League. The claim has also rung true at times for Unai Emery’s team this season, especially on their travels.
There is no doubt that the team from north London need defensive reinforcements in the summer. However, the fact team have shown defensive improvement of late is encouraging.
A good recent defensive record
The Gunners recent record of conceding just once in seven games in all competitions is an impressive record for any team. For a team notoriously fragile in defence, it is even more credible. .......Read more here.....
March 14, 2019 by
According to the Metro, reported Arsenal target Manchester United’s Eric Bailly is now surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, which means the centre-back could be on the move in the summer.
The Metro reports suggest that the United hierarchy is set to back boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a transfer kitty of around £200million in the summer. With that sort of cash, the Red Devils can afford to bring in a new centre-back with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld once again linked with a move to the north west. .......Read more here.....
February 05, 2019 by
For too long now, Arsenal have had a clear defensive weakness at centre-back. Former boss Arsene Wenger failed to fix it and current boss Unai Emery has been unable to fix the problem so far. However, to be fair to the Spaniard his reign in north London is in its infancy and he has not had much backing in the transfer market or time to sort the problem.
Centre-backs are not good enough
The simple fact is Arsenal’s centre-backs are not good enough. Experienced French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been the Gunners best centre-back for a long time. However, injuries and the fact that he is the wrong side of 30 mean he will need replacing in the near future. .......Read more here.....
February 04, 2019 by
Arsenal fell to a 3-1 loss against Manchester City at the weekend, and let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s a result we all saw coming. City are on the path towards potential superstardom this season once again, as they continue to chase down Liverpool who are leading the way in the Premier League. The Gunners, on the other hand, are quite clearly going to face quite the battle in order to qualify for the Champions League – via the top four, at least. .......Read more here.....
February 01, 2019 by
The bruising and soft tissue swelling to face and jaw of Laurent Koscielny was initially pretty worrying at the time of the injury, given that it looked like we could have a much more serious problem on our hands. Thankfully he has now returned to full fitness, and it seems like only a matter of time until he forces his way back into the first team. As the club captain that makes sense, although fans are still divided on whether or not they actually want to see him on a regular basis. .......Read more here.....