Arsenal Transfer News: Laurent Koscielny Comments Put Extra Pressure on Gunners
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is already under a lot of pressure to upgrade the squad after barely sneaking into the top four. Laurent Koscielny added a little bit more with comments about his future should the Gunners fail to capture trophies.
The talented defender, who's spent the past three seasons at the Emirates, will consider leaving the club if his title aspirations aren't met, according to Eurosport. He wants Arsenal to capture the players necessary to make that possible.
"I want to have some titles," he told Eurosport France. "I hope the club will give itself the means. If that's not the case, I'll go take a look elsewhere.
"I feel good at Arsenal, and if we're given the means to be able to rival big teams, of course I want to continue the adventure.
"If it's to be fighting each year like this season, mentally, it's hard. We're always under pressure and we know a single season without the Champions League at Arsenal is difficult.
"We'll have to see whether there are clubs who are interested. I don't just want to go anywhere. I want to discover a new championship."
Make no mistake, Koscielny's comments fall well short of an actual transfer request and are frankly pretty reasonable for a player of his caliber. He wants a chance to win titles and is hoping Arsenal can provide them in the near future.
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So even though it's not time to press the panic button at Arsenal yet, the remarks do show the importance of building a title contender for Arsenal to retain their top talent.
For a club that's dealt with a lot of transfer drama in recent years, with Robin van Persie being the most notable exit last summer, the path to keeping elite players is pretty clear. Build a roster that's capable of staying on par with the best Premier League sides.
Easier said than done, of course, but Wenger is apparently being given the resources to make it happen. John Cross of the Daily Mirror reported Arsenal have around £70 million to spend this summer should the longtime boss identify attainable top-end targets.
That's the type of spending spree it's going to take for the Gunners to make a serious push for titles moving forward. The foundation for a competitive roster is in place, but they are still a couple of pieces away from truly going up against the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.
Koscielny is one of the puzzle pieces that's already in place. The 27-year-old center-back is coming off another solid campaign in which he proved to be one of the club's most important players. His reliability was crucial down the stretch.
Losing him would not only represent another setback in the club's championship pursuit, but would create a tough void to fill after inconsistent form from the other center-backs. Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen were both hit-or-miss options throughout the season.
Right now, it sounds like the only way Arsenal can secure Koscielny's future is by building a winning roster around him as soon as possible.
Even more reason for Wenger to be aggressive during the summer window.
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