Laurent Koscielny: Should Arsenal discard their toiling vice-captain?

Arsenal F.C. has been going through a turbulent time this season.  

Some of the issues which created headlines were key players stuck in contract quandaries, defensive errors, lack of good performances and lagging behind the bigger Premier League clubs in the chase to win the league.

Arsenal who are still in pursuit of the UEFA Europa League have been able to squeeze past their opponents to make their way to the Quarter Finals, with their opponents being CSKA Moscow.

On the other hand, Arsenal vice-captain Laurent Koscielny has been on the target of criticism of the average performance of the club in the Premier League with major of the Heat being faced by Manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger who bought in Aubameyang, Lacazette and Mkhitaryan to fulfill the attacking power, didn’t pay attention to the defensive crisis. The reason they are now lagging behind in the Premier League race with winning the Europa League their only chance to get back in the Champions League.

Koscielny who has been a key part of the Arsenal squad for the past few seasons admits they are having a defensive crisis but still believes that they won’t lose confidence and will be fighting till the end. With rumours that Arsenal are trying to coax Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez in a deal which might see Koscielny go the other way.

With no permanent statements from the club or the manager it’s still too early to say anything on it. Arsenal are looking to boost their defensive options in the new season and they might as well sell the 32 year old to inject some fresh blood into the squad, with Juventus defender Rugani also on their radar.

Until Arsenal are figure out their defender targets for the next transfer window, they should avoid selling any of their main defenders which includes Koscielny, Mustafi, and Kolasinac. With Koscielny being one of the more experienced defenders in the squad, I believe he shouldn’t be relinquished amid the crisis.

While Arsene Wenger assures he will be staying at the club beyond this season and  has plans made out for the transfer season. Can Wenger make Arsenal invincible again? Time will tell.


Written by Sandeep Sharma

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