Report: Contract talks stall between Koscielny and Arsenal; Bayern remain interested

France's Laurent Koscielny in action with Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady

Laurent Koscielny is a vital member of the Arsenal side.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action with Norwich's Sebastien BassongContract talks have reportedly stalled between Arsenal and Laurent Koscielny

The Sunday Express is reporting that talks between Arsenal and Laurent Koscielny over a new contract have stalled, with German giants Bayern Munich waiting in the wings.

HITC Sport reported via Bild earlier this month how the Bavarian's were targeting Koscielny this summer with uncertainty surrounding the Frenchman's future, and now with the latest news emanating from the Emirates, the German champions could be tempted into a move.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and West Brom's Salomon Rondon in action Koscielny's importance to Arsenal cannot be understated

The former Lorient man has made 246 appearances for Arsenal and is their second longest servant. He has been one of their most consistent performers over the past few years, and his performances have earn him great praise, with him now being considered one of the best centre-backs in the world.

He is the kind of player who Arsenal absolutely cannot afford to lose, and they should make every effort to keep hold of their French star with 36 international caps to his name.

It must be worrying times for Gunners fans, with their 30-year-old star's future the subject of such intense speculation, and with a club the size of Bayern Munich hovering, it may be hard for Koscielny's head not to be swayed.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action with Sunderland's Jermain DefoeBayern Munich are reportedly interested in Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny

One thing in Arsenal's favour is that The Express claim that Bayern want Koscielny as back-up for Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. Surely at this stage of his career, the Frenchman would not want be keen to start on the bench for the majority of the season.

This is an extremely important transfer window for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, and their ability to hold on to Koscielny could be the biggest challenge of all.

France's Laurent Koscielny heads at goalGunners fans will be desperate for their club to keep hold of Koscielny

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