According to Italian football website Calcio Mercato, Arsenal veteran Laurent Koscielny could be making a shock move to Aston Villa soon.
The 33-year-old centre back has not played thus far this season under new manager Unai Emery after sustaining an injury before the World Cup, and it looks as though he may never make his way back after the arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the summer and the emergence of Rob Holding.
This is a sign that new manager Dean Smith has already got to work in addressing his biggest weakness at Villa Park, his centre-backs. The Villans have only had two recognised players in that role at the club so far this season; James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe, primarily relying on makeshift centre-backs such as midfielder Mile Jedinak and right-back Alan Hutton.
This flaw has been part of the reason why The Lions have struggled so much this season, with only three teams having conceded more goals than them. For a team that made the play-off final last year, that just isn’t good enough.
However, last season the club had John Terry commanding the defence, and his absence has been sorely noticed this season. Koscielny can provide the experience and expertise that the Chelsea legend provided last term. This is a move that will make Villa a serious force in the Championship again, if they can pull it off.
It seems a tall order, seeing as the Frenchman was likely to star in his country’s World Cup winning campaign if it wasn’t for his injury. This therefore, would be quite a step down. However, at 33, he is not going to improve, and that injury may have taken a lot out of him. But he would be the answer that Villa are looking for.