Youth is the way forward, according to Arsene Wenger.
It’s a mantra that has continually catalyzed the more piercing jibes aimed at the Gunners in recent times.
As Arsene attempts to rebuild his brittle defence in reaction to Arsenal’s nine losses in the Premier League last season, the manager could’ve forgiven himself for straying from his firmly held beliefs. But this is not so.
24-year-old Laurent Koscielny is the Frenchman’s primary target to replace William Gallas.
His age isn’t the exactly the pertinent worry either because although Koscielny has been playing senior football since 2004, the French defender – who is also eligible to play for Poland – has spent the majority of his career within the lower echelons of the French league: the defender spent three years at Ligue 2 side Guingamp before moving to Tours FC who are also in Ligue 2. He began playing in the top-flight only last year with FC Lorient. A pedigree that will probably mystify many around the Emirates.
Nevertheless, Arsene has obviously seen something special in the youngster who did play a big role in the Breton club’s season this year, appearing 35 times while getting on the score-sheet thrice.
So far, Arsenal have offered a deal within the region of £8.5m, after having an initial £4m bid promptly dismissed. Both bids have gravitated around a number of clauses with which the French club are unhappy. Les Merlus are requesting that the majority of the money should be paid upfront.
To sweeten the deal following the askance rejections, Arsenal have shown willing to let promising French midfielder Francis Coquelin spend a year or two on loan at the Stade du Moustoir. However, Koscienly’s contract holders are intent on making a large monetary profit from the defender they paid only £1.5m for only twelve months ago.
In the words of an irritating and ultimately pointless reality television show, let’s have a look at his best bits:
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