Arsenal Facing Fight To Keep Koscielny

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Being captain of Arsenal is fast becoming a posioned chalice. Gilbero Silva, William Gallas, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie; all wore the armband and all left.

Laurent Koscielny is the next one to leave the Emirates if Metro reports of Milan and Marseille‘s interest are correct. They aren’t the only clubs who crave the French international’s services; Manchester City and the Chinese Super League are also interested.

There’s no indication that Koscielny intends to depart north London this summer although in a recent interview, he described playing for Marseille as “a dream”.

Signed from Ligue 2 side Lorient in 2010, Koscielny endured a tough start at the Emirates, to eventually become a mainstay of a leaky Arsenal defence.

During his time at the club, he has collected two FA Cup winner’s medals. In 2014, he scored the equalising goal as Arsenal fought back from 0 – 2 down against Hull City, to win 3 – 2. A year later, he was a member of the Gunners side which romped home 4 – 0 against Aston Villa.

He missed out on a third medal in 2017 when he was suspended for the 2 – 1 victory over Aston Villa, following a red card against Everton in the final Premier League match of the season.

With Calum Chambers returning to the club after a season on loan, the Gunners have cover for his absences. However, experience is a different matter and Arsène Wenger will be determined to hang onto Koscielny for another season.