Thursday, 6 September 2018

Arsenal key man came close to quitting Gunners in summer transfer window

Laurent Koscielny’s entourage has confirmed that the central defender had offers to depart from the north London club this summer.

Speaking to France Football, as quoted on Football London, Stephane Courbis confirms that the star was thinking about leaving the Gunners.

Stephane reveals that there was a point where Laurent wanted to leave the club, as a result of Arsene Wenger out of the door at The Emirates Stadium.

Several clubs were connected with a move for Koscielny over the summer, with Ligue 1 side Marseille believed to be the most serious contenders.

“He started thinking about a possible departure from Arsenal at the same time as Arsene Wenger. 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.”

“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 least season, the notion of returning to Ligue 1 entered his thinking. It was a genuine possibility.”

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