There is a very good reason why every Arsenal official and fan should be very happy Bayern Munich knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League.
There have been plenty of stories doing the rounds that one of the players Pep Guardiola wants to sign for Bayern Munich this summer is Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny.
However, when he was watching the two legs between his new side and his former side, he couldn’t have helped but be impressed by the strength and organisation of the Bayern Munich back four.
They were so dominant against what is supposed to be one of the best attacks in history, that it seems pointless for them to go after Koscielny, because they simply don’t need him.
It was almost as though Barcelona could have played for 1,000 minutes and they still wouldn’t have scored a goal and they even produced that 3-0 win last night, without their best defender Dante, who is injured.
It all works out for Arsenal quite nicely because when Koscielny is in form, he looks like a calm and assured, world class sort of centre back who Arsenal would be much weaker without.
Bayern Munich’s defensive reserves seem to be good enough that they don’t need to bring in someone like Koscielny, in what would be a fairly complicated deal, just as cover.
Koscielny himself would have looked at that performance and even if he was thinking about trying to push his agent for the move, it’s difficult to see how he would get into that side at the moment.
One of the main criticisms of Arsene Wenger over the last couple of years is that he doesn’t do enough to try and keep the club’s best players, but the fact that the Bayern defence is so strong definitely makes his job easier in relation to Koscielny.
This is a German side that has conceded just 14 goals all season in their domestic league and just three goals away from home, which is to be honest, a ridiculous statistic.
If Bayern are thinking about going out and solidifying their defence this summer then Koscielny is a candidate, but there are plenty of other high profile centre backs who could easily do a job for the side.
Arsenal look fairly safe at the moment in relation to Koscielny because firstly, he won’t move if he’s not going to play and secondly, Guardiola has to have been impressed by Bayern’s back four.
It’s a very old saying but it works perfectly in this case; if it’s not broken then don’t try and fix it.
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