Arsenal morning news: Real Madrid keen on Koscielny, Szczesny slams failed title bid

A round up of news stories this morning about Arsenal.

The Express claims Real Madrid are keen on doing a deal for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.

The Frenchman has been one of the Gunners’ most consistent players as speculation over his future mounts.

Koscielny would warrant a big transfer fee and other sides could become interested in him, should his availability become official.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has said a top four finish is not good enough for the current side.

Arsenal have spent more days than anyone else at the top of the table this season but have been forced to accept a Champions League place only.

“It is good to sign off with a win in front of our fans, but with two games to go we had nothing to play for and I think we shouldn't really be in that position - we should be fighting for the title,” the Pole told the press.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says his side can’t fall into the trap of relaxing over the rest of the season.

The German has admitted that the Gunners need some silverware as they prepare to face Hull City in the FA Cup final.

“I think everyone is really up for the cup final and everyone really wants to win it. That is the target and we’ve got one game to go and we want to take it very seriously,” the German told Arsenal’s website.

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