Laurent Koscielny issued a rare warning to his colleagues to start winning trophies, or see the Frenchman depart in search of the same, after the Gunners had another season struggling to finish in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.
Koscielny has been a permanent feature in the league this season, and managed to oust club captain Thomas Vermaelen out of the starting eleven for the latter half of the season. He formed a formidable partnership with German international Per Mertesacker, and it was their steadiness at the back which helped the Gunners achieve their top four objective.
The 27-year old made a switch to Arsenal from French club Lorient in 2010, for a fee in the region of £8-9 million. The Frenchman has been recently linked with a move away from the Arsenal, with reports suggesting German giants Bayern Munich interested in his services. Despite having Naldo and Jerome Boateng at the back, new coach Pep Guardiola may see Koscielny as the backup he needs for the squad to survive the physical exhaustion of qualification into multiple global competitions which could take a toll. Koscielny’s physical presence has been noticed by experts, and his aerial domination from set plays has become an asset for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger has been focusing on adding firepower to his squad, and has also been linked with the repurchase of former skipper Cesc Fabregas. The manager will be keen to show the ambitions of the club through the transfers, and Koscielny along with his team mates will be anticipating an important window to help their chances of winning silverware.
Arsenal has been a club which traditionally aimed for the Premier League crown. However, the past few years have seen a decline in the objectives, partly due to the transfer policy at the club, which has seen clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea surpass the Gunners.
According to Metro, Koscielny has made it clear that he will only stay if the ambitions of the club improve, and trophies are on the horizon.
Koscielny said, “I want to win a championship.”
“I don’t want to be fighting like we have this season because it was very tiring psychologically.”
“I feel good at Arsenal, if we have ambition to fight against the other teams of course I want to stay here.”
Talking about the constant pressure of being in the top four, but struggling to get there, Koscielny continued: “We are always under pressure, a season without the Champions League for Arsenal is catastrophic.”
“I have the desire to add to my list of honours. I hope the club will give me the means. If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere.”