Why Arsenal won’t sell Koscielny, even for silly money

There has been plenty of talk that Laurent Koscielny could be on his way out of Arsenal this summer, with Bayern Munich interested.

However, he is certainly not making the sort of comments and noises that you would expect from a player who may have already decided to become the latest star to leave Arsenal for more guaranteed glory.

Laurent Koscielny is somewhat of an enigma in the current Arsenal side because when he’s at his best, there are few better defenders in the Premier League but he has never been able to show that solid level of consistency.

He has been talking a lot recently about the immediate fortunes of the side such as Arsenal’s push for a top four place and how that can benefit the club looking ahead to next season.

What that tells us is that, despite all of the Bayern Munich rumours, he is looking ahead already, meaning he’s thinking about next season and not about leaving the club during the summer transfer window.

Bayern could come in with a very fair and expensive offer for him, but that is pointless unless a player actually wants to up sticks and leave the side he’s already playing for.

At 27-years-old he may also feel that he has a lot more to give to the current Arsenal team, which is reflected through his comments about various partnerships with other defensive players.

In particular he seems to have a very good personal and working relationship with Per Mertesacker, with the pair putting in some solid recent performances for the club in recent weeks.

He’s spoken positively about the big German and the effect he has on Arsenal’s game and his own personal game. Again, fairly pointless if he’s not planning to be an Arsenal player for very much longer.

There are going to be plenty more speculative stories relating to Koscielny over the coming weeks, especially when Pep Guardiola officially takes the top job at Bayern Munich.

You also have to take into account Arsene Wenger’s comments about this player and he has always spoken very positively about Koscielny.

Had Wenger been very critical of him throughout the season or had he been heavily critical of the defence in general, then it would be understandable why Arsenal may let him go and bring in a solid replacement.

Koscielny has the ability to form the base of the Arsenal team next season and it’s got nothing to do with whether the Gunners have Champions League football or not for the 2013/2014 season, it’s to do with him forming the basic strength of a good Arsenal team.

Do you think Koscielny will be sold despite his comments?

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