18
Jun

Koscielny: "I've met with Wenger & don't want to miss this opportunity"


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Laurent Koscielny has lifted the lid on why he is so desperate to join Arsenal and how the move came about.

The 24-year-old has been hugely impressive for the French side, leading them to a seventh placed finish, after moving from Tours for £1.2 million last summer.

However, the Ligue 1 side are obviously reluctant to part with their star defender, who has made 35 league appearances this season.

“Arsenal is one of the biggest European clubs, who plays in the Champions League. I think it’s a good club to progress further. I do not want to miss this opportunity,” Koscielny told La Montagne.

“They have contacted my representitives this week. I met with Arsene Wenger, as did my agents after the end of last season. It went well.”

Gunners boss Wenger is currently in the market for another centre back as he faces a defensive exodus with Philippe Senderos already departed and William Gallas, Sol Campbell all expected to leave soon.

Koscielny’s France-based agent Stephane Canard is set for showdown talks with Lorient president Loic Fery in the coming days, with several Lorient forums suggesting that the move will be official fairly soon.


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Marco
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Chris your the man , yer again … Great post

arsenal4ever
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great news chris!!! keep up the great work!! any other news about transfers?

The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY

so we’re releasing 4 centre backs and it looks like we’re only bringing in 1, no wonder cesc wasn’t impressed by the transfer policy

Le Long
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I’m still hoping that Sol will stay for another season, but above all I hope that Silvestre gets the hell out. I fear that he will get a new deal though, it would be a typical Wenger move. But if all three go we need at least two new CBs. Hell, even if Silvestre stays we need two new CBs.

Also I hear that Frey is available for around £6m. Buy buy buy!

athlon
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Who is the next after him? 😀 Jagielka?
Djourou is OK, and if Gallas, Silvestre and Campbell all leave, then Nordtveit will be promoted to the 1st team squad.

Chris
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We are defo gonna need 2 CB’s for sure
now.. Wenger said he likes to have 4.. Vermaelen, djourou.. This guy and 1 more. Since Campbell is most likely going to Celtic

brdgunner
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The Left Hand – We are letting 4 go, however we never used 1 and do have a player back from injury. So rather than 4 out one in its 3 out 2 in. Which is much better. I would like 2 in if I’m honest. out Senderos – not used Silvestre – Good riddance Gallas – Shame he wants to go Sol – We deserve more from him really. In Djourou – Not available last year New CB – Much needed Does anyone else read the quote as if he see’s us a stepping stone. The great opportunity to… Read more »
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[…] that he was granted permission by French club Lorient to meet with centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who revealed: “Arsenal is one of the biggest European clubs, who plays in the Champions League. I think it’s […]

Song is King
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He could be the guy that Arsene talked about. A signing during the world cup and a defensive 1. 1 more center back please??!! Then another keeper and a midfielder then we are ready to go. Bring on Anfield!

dom
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Agree Song is King.

WE NEED A KEEPER!

arsenal4ever
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@ The Left Hand Of HENRY: dont talk sh…!! This guy is not the only ones who will come in!!!

TDP
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Is anyone else underwhelmed by the potential signing of this guy? Arsene always talks of top quality but this guy has never ventured near the level of competition that he would be playing in at Arsenal. I know Vermaelen had a similar career trajectory but he was playing for Ajax and had played Champions League football. I can’t help but feel there are better alternatives than breaking the bank for a guy who cost 1.5m last year.

rellends
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what are we doing having managers meet players to discuss transfers and then constantly taking the moral high ground when other teams do it to us?

Ola Timothy
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Well, let us leave Arsene Wenger alone, because he knows more than anybody and he is the only person that knows what the team (Arsenal) needs for now, therefore nobody should criticise him on whatever he does or who ever he buys. I think Laurent Koscielny has shown great interest in joining Arsenal team, hence I believe that he will surely perform well. I wish him best of luck.

Tommygun
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So arsene tapped him up… And we moan about barca and cesc when we are meeting players without agreeing a price…tut tut

Jason Newton
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Even if Wenger does sign him, does anyone else feel like I do that we will still need another centre half if Sol and Gallas leave? Sylvester will also go so that would only leave us Vermaelen and Jourou! 1 other centre half is not enough cover if you ask me especially considering our history of injury owes!

Gooner
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Great news!!! i really think he can do a “vermalean” next season but he will have to put on a good impression in his first dew matches … we obviously need another defensive signing so that we have 4 centerbacks and song being the fifth. ohh and .. any news on Joe Cole??? i really hope he signs becuase hes a big talent!!

DeiseGooner
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how do you reckon wenger tapped him up? We made a couple of offers which they declined asking for more. The player said he has asked the club to sell him so he would have been given permission to talk with wenger about a possible move while the clubs trash out a price – thats how these things are done no??

Ole
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@Tommygun: Has Wenger at any point said that he wanted to buy this player, and if he did, we pay twice the asking price. No one would complaine if Cesc leaves for 60 mill.

damstar
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i still dont get why arsene is trying to sign this guy…here is a guy that is left footed and plays at the left side of the central defence where vermaelen plays…his he buying him as a cover for vermelen just to come and seat on the bench for that amount? or a replacement for clichy? i think who we need at the cb is someone right footed, tall and with premiership experience….i dont see koscielny as a like for like replacement for gallas….is not logical playin two left footed player at the cb…kosielny and vermalen cant partner at the… Read more »
Mohamed
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@damstar: Are you he is left footed.looked like a right footer to me in the pictures, by the angle he is running at

arsenal4ever
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@ Gooner: Cole will be unveiled after WC as a gunner!!!! Hope the rumours are true and he agreed already to join us!!

arsenal4ever
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@ damster he can use both feets it is said!!! He will play as a CB besides Vermaealen.

Safari
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Hope we get him he seems a TV like player

damstar
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@mohamed, he plays at the left side of the central defence at fc lorient….
@arsenal4ever, where is that said? the guy is left footed….

Callum
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why is eveyone moaning about using 2 left footed cb’s? so many clubs use two right footed cb’s, and i’m sure we have done it before so surely its the same?

andre
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kJAER IS BETTER THAN KOSCIELNY

arsenal4ever
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arsenal4ever
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@ andre: not sure if he is better but Kjaer would be a great addition, too. I am sure we will see 2 new CB`s not only this guy!!!

The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY

jagielka and cahill are what we want… We are competing at the highest level and these two aren’t bankrupt the club stuff, like at real madrid… I hav never heard ANY ONE say i hope we sign koscienly he will just do o

nedu brown
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i kinda guess we need more solid players at the back and in the center of the park and not more flair players…. we lost the premiership last season because of the ability of other teams to “bully”

The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY

anyone else up for a protest outside the armoury if we sign a load of potential players and get another man united home kit with our badge on it for a home kit

andre
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ARSENAL4EVER , WHO IS BETTER , SUBOTIC OR KJAER ?

Wazzer
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@andre: Kjaer definitely has the potential to be one of the best, and would be my pick all day long. But by no means is Subotic a lesser centre half, i just feel that he is playing close to his full potential. Subotic is also a lot pricier than Kjaer…

Wazzer
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Subotic’s agent recently said:

Steve Kelly told Sport.co.uk: “There is no foundation in any of the rumours regarding Neven. Neither myself, Neven or his club have been in contact with the clubs in question. In my opinion, I think he will be a Borussia Dortmund player next year. He is happy, and there are some good players at the club, so he has to work to get into the team.

“Dortmund have proved how much they value him with the price tags that have been mentioned. I would be very surprised if he wasn’t playing his football at Dortmund next year.”

damstar
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@arsenal4ever…nice one thanks for that…but wat am sure about is that he always play at the left side in lorient….but that aside……now is a questionmark over how physically he will adapt to the premier league,cos physically the lad looks a lil bit lightweight to me…but am not gonna doubt his mental toughness though as he looks really mean and a no nonsense defender..thats a plus….but will he be able to deal with the likes of drogba and those stokes city players? we shall see…in arsene we trust…he knows more than we fans know…

arsenal4ever
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@ damster. Vermaelen also played at ajax on the left side so this doesnt mean anything at all!!

@ andre: I rate both but never seen Kjaer playing at all only at WC and he was decent.

gooner0609
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you are all forgeting Bartley who is a quality big man on the right hand side and will be brought on by Sol who is going nowhere.

celtic are notts county with support..

so verminator, this new guy, djorou, bartley, and sol. one more will do, jagielka would be nice.

damstar
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@ andre & arsenal4ever, i wont like any of subotic or kjaer at arsenal…both are still young..djourou is better than both of them when he is back to his best…the last thing we need now at the emirate now is another young and unproven player….both are not wengers type of signings…they got too much hype on them….yea vermaelen plays at left side in ajax and he is playing at the same position in arsenal nothing change for him…

andre
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HOW ABOUT RUMOUR OF SIGNING AFELLAY ?

damstar
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@ andre…lol forget that..i believe those are just paper talks…squashed that rumor…we dont even need him at arsenal….we already got players who can play in his position…..who i will like for us to sign is eden hazard or this guy from psv balasz dzudszak…

andre
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HOW ABOUT GOURCUFF, JOE COLE OR OZIL ?

damstar
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i believe joe cole is coming in as a replacement for either eduardo or rosicky…..we may get gourcuff or ozil or arteta IF fabregas leaves for barca…

GunnerMacedonia
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lets sing enyeama(nigerian no.1). his saves are better than almunia and fabianski`s 😉

andre
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@ DAMSTAR , YOU CHOOSE GOURCUFF OR OZIL IF FABREGAS LEAVE ?

damstar
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thats wat the media are speculating not me….as for me if fabregas leaves, i will prefer we get either gerard(uncretain) or arteta(certain if we offer big money)….those two are expericence and play a similar role as fabregas….also any of them wont hinder the development of wilshere or ramsey cos i see them as our future and better fabbregas….but if i will choose a similar like for like player that will come straight into our squad and deliver wat cesc can offer, i will definitely go for steven gerard or mikel arteta…

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[…] nós provavelmente já tivemos a proposta pelo defensor Laurent Koscielny aceita pelo seu clube. Ele fez a seguinte declaração: O Arsenal é um dos maiores clubes da Europa, e que participa da Champions League. Eu creio que é […]

chg
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vermaelen, koscielny, djourou, campbell (or new player), and nordveit.

so we need at least one more additional cb, a gk, and cover for dm and we’re set…

Song is King
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arteta is good but too injury prone. are you seriously thinking of adding another treatment-table player to our squad? i don’t mind anyone take cesc’s role if he really go which i’m not hoping for as long as it’s not denilson! denilson has been given too much chances to prove himself but yet, he kept disappointing us. i would love to see an english player as a replacement of cesc. i hate some foreign players who take Arsenal as the stepping stone and go to spain when they think they are good enough. i’m sick of that kind of players.… Read more »
damstar
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@ chg….or we can use one stone to kill two birds, buy one more additional cb who can also play in dm(like vertonghen from ajax) then a gk….

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