Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has issued a stark warning to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger – ‘show some ambition in the summer transfer window or I may leave’.
The 27-year-old has been linked with European champions Bayern Munich after impressing against them when the two clubs met in the Champions League last season. Although none of the bwin football betting odds favoured the Gunners before the game, the Frenchman gave them some hope.
Koscielny’s comments echo the thoughts of former striker Robin van Persie who left for Manchester United last summer after issuing a statement criticising the club’s lack of ambition.
“I feel good at Arsenal. I’ve just come to the end of a complicated season, especially the first six months, but it’s over now”, Koscielny told Eurosport.
“I want to win titles and I hope the club has the means. It deserves it. Does the club want to keep me? That question is also there.
“If the club has the means to compete with the best, I have no reason to leave. But if it fights every year for Champions League [qualification] it’s hard psychologically to be under such constant pressure.
“I do not want to go anywhere. Of course I want to know another championship, but it’s complicated.
“I want to lift trophies and to have a winning record. I hope the club will give me the means. If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere.”
The Frenchman came to Arsenal from Lorient three years ago and has since become one of the Gunners key players, flourishing at centre back with countless stand-out performances.
No other player has started more games for Wenger’s side over the last three years than Koscielny, who has made 119 appearances in all competitions since joining in July 2010.
France international Koscielny still has four years to run on his current contract which expires in 2017.