28
Jun

Arsenal close in on Koscielny deal after defender misses training


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Laurent Koscielny did not train with his Lorient side this morning as the 24-year-old’s move to Arsenal becomes ever-closer.

Earlier today Les Merlus’ official website reported that Koscielny was discussing the ‘terms of his departure’ with nothing to be ‘finalised’ until Thursday.

French daily Le Telegramme also say that Lorient are close to signing a straight replacement for Koscielny in highly-rated Ligue 2 defender Bruno Ecuele-Manga.

‘Kos’ is expected to arrive in London during the coming days.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted his interest in Koscielny earlier this month as he aims to firm up a defensive unit that looks set to be broken up over the summer.

32-year-old William Gallas is set to leave the Emirates on a Bosman to join Juventus, while Mikael Silvestre is likely to be released. Veteran defender Sol Campbell, who returned to the club in January and only narrowly missed out on a sensational England call up, has yet to decide between a one-year-deal at Arsenal, or a two-year-deal at Celtic.

Let us know your views on the defensive situation and Koscielny’s imminent move in the comments section below.


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TR
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Doesn’t excite, does it.
Would prefer Micah Richards.
And the Schwarzer signing makes us look like Bolton.

World Class players? Hardly

JBO
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One year ago…”Whos thomas vermaelen, doesnt look world class at all!”
One year later…”thomas vermaelen looks world class!”

“Koscielny doesnt look world class at al!” …just maybe, you never know with Wenger signings.

lukychmz
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micah richards is useless. I agree though on Schwarzer though please God don’t let us sign him. I would rather have Manuel “butter hands” Almunia

silent stan
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swarzer would be a better bet than almunia. i think all confidence is lost in him now by his defenders and wenger. swarzer is just a stop gap till fabi or snez mature

goonerjon
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wenger should buy gary cahill or simon kjaer.

chris
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i would like to see a lucio or walter samuel type defender, big and strong.. i hope this guy is

aj
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Why do people say such dumb things as “Would prefer Micah Richards” ? The guy has no football sense at all. He is rubbish. I would rather take a chance on the unknown Koscielny than buy somebody we all know is crap!

okla
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lets give our view on him at the end of the season! Adams slated Vermaelen before kicking a ball at arsenal and what happened at the end of the season? he was in the pfa team of the year!
Regarding schwarzer, maybe competition with Almunia will push them to become more consistent!

athlon
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We’ll see, I hope Nordtveit will get his chance this summer 🙂

Danish Gooner
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Welcome Cygan mark 2,what a rubbsih signing,no ambition,no hope.

Timbo
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Schwarzer doesn’t set me alight-random shout but how about Speroni from Crystal Palace? Before you shout me down here’s why he’d be good:
Arsenal struggle with arial bombardment, set pieces, crosses and scrappy bundled goals. That’s what Speroni is a specialist at!

ya
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Danish Gooner

eaazy mate!! trust me theres only one Cygan!!!
verma has shut adams up.. lets hope this lad is another verma..
u’ll never know..

vermalen+ JD + Nordtveit + this french guy and sol if he stays; should be enough.

lets get thh goaliiieeee!!

Mean Lean
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He does not have to excite people. He does not have to be a big name that all the FM fans have heard of, he needs to be able to come in and perform well for Arsenal, adjust quickly and help improve our defensive record. Simple as. Just because he does not cost £25 million, and is not staring in Nike adverts doesn’t mean that he is not a good player. I do not know anything about him so cannot comment until he has adapted to English football and Arsenal football. Only then can I or anyone else make a… Read more »
Ibz Delazandro
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I think Koscielny is a solid player, his a bit like Vermalen. If he adapts like he did we should be fine.
We need to keep cesc and sign a gollllie for real. Our team crys out for wingers to so why not.

Any1thatsdoubtswengerisamug
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Any1thatsdoubtswengerisamug

This guy had the 3rd most succesful tackle rate in french football league history. Seriously, anyone that doubts Wenger should jog on.

Joshwaa
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Sounds good, lets hope he turns out to be a star. And for those who are saying Micah Richards, are you having a laugh? He is positionally woeful and a miastke waiting to happen. If he was any good Chelski would have probably snapped him up by now. I also think a few years ago, Mark Schwarzer might have been a good signing, but at 37, his best years are far behind him. Vincent Enyeama seems like the right way to go in my opinion. We were akready very close to signing him before, although we were stingy bastards with… Read more »
The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY

so wenger is buying unknown centre halves, a mid table goalie and a stricker on a free… We were promised this stadium would let us compete with the big clubs for the big players that have winning experience, instead it has turned us into a bargain basement club that gets away with being cheap coz we play excellent football

Mistaken
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Richards does not have a good football brain. Don’t know anything about Koscielny but agree with JBO

arsenal4ever
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great news!!! saw him playing and he looks really class with a brillant eye and tackling. not to forget his goal scoring instinct. could help in tight situations.

but thats most interesting:

http://pallone.myblog.it/archive/2010/06/28/inter-arsenal-a-caccia-di-balotelli.html

it says we did bid for balotelli and kjaer.

hope not just paper talk as it comes out of italy!!!

Goonerdan
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Why is everyone getting on Schwarzers back. He has been one of the most consistent keepers in the prem over the last few years and is a commanding presence, a gk that would inspire confidence from a back 4 who currently have no faith in any of the top 3 keepers at the club.

2-3 seasons of Schwarzer while Sczcesney matures is more than ok with me!

sam
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Cant say Im too sure about Koscielny. For a player no ones heard of, has only played in Ligue 1 since last year, for a team not exactly at the top of the table Wenger has really gone after him and is willing to pay way over the top, he must be some player. I for one am willing to give the lad a go, you never know he could be a Wenger Special like Thomas Vermaelen. Lets face it his players he signs that no ones heard of are alot better than the ones you have (Schwarzer). As for… Read more »
BKK
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I’m glad this ‘TR’ guy isn’t our manager.

ron
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Wouldn’t actually mind Speroni, Palace are poor, so may work out. £3.5m on Swharzer is a bit much.
Basically anyone who doesnt get lobbed as often as Almunia. With this dude’s record, you would think he is 2 foot tall!

The big cheese
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When we sign the likes of Maicon, Messi, Schneider, Lucio, Ozil or Casillas I’ll get excited. Buying nobodies from the likes of Lorient and Bordeaux is as exciting as peeling potatoes with grandad.

gooner4life
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Big name signings are just not Wenger’s style. If you’ve been gooner long enough, you’d know. The closest we’ve been to signing ‘big’ in recent times would be when we signed GallaS or Arshavin. The saying goes, ‘Wenger knows.’. If Wenger signs who he signs, have a little faith. I mean, look what he has done for the club. Slashed the debt by a margin, nurtured onE of the world’s best scouting network. Let him surprise us. He sees things we’ll probably never see. And that’s the same reason why he’s the coach and we’re not.

Goonerpower
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We will buy him, make him even better then sell him to barca as all our other class players

TC
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“anyone that doubts Wenger should jog on”

Yeah cause Wenger has never signed any turkeys like…..Igor Stepanovs for example!!!!! FFS, Vermaelen was an established Belgian international playing at a very good European team when we signed him. Koscielny is not an international at the age of 24, and plays for a team who were second division until last season. Doesn’t exactly fill me with hope!! We need established quality not maybe’s, we’ve had 5 years of maybe’s and look where it’s got us.

Ashley Webb
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I remember this time last year with the shouts of who is Vermaelen now look at him. Wenger has that uncanny knack of seeking out average players and polishing them into stars. We are Arsenal football club after all not some basement club,the boss knows what to look for. Superstar signings dont always make a strong succesful team, it at times causes distruption in a squad of players, over wages etc, you only have to look at Real Madrid. I believe in Wenger and the club is still going in the right direction. Other clubs I.E Man -utd and Chelsea… Read more »
Arafa
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I do not mind signing Koscieleny (whatever his name) I watched him couple of times (although once he was sent off) he looks good, not great to be truthful but so was TV and he was a left back for god’s sake!!!! so trust Wenger in his signings cause every time (ALMOST every time) he makes us all eat our words and look like fools. However, wenger said that defensively we were weak last year and needed improvement but I do not think letting gallas, silvester and cambell go while adding an unproven quality in Koscielny will improve anything really.… Read more »
wengerholic
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w@ de professor sees whiles sitting de students cannot see whiles standing as simple as dat

john sauce
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jezzzz give the lad a break. a fresh new player who is solid at the back, we could lose 3 defenders and bringing in another verma type defender like this lad is a good move. as for The big cheeses statement your man chamakh from bordeaux is a great player great eye for goal and schwazer has been one of the top goalies in the epl in years just coz hes old dosent mean he still hasnt got it. all we need now is a midfielder and defensive midfielder, gourcuff and de jong with another defender and possible winger in… Read more »
New Guy
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If am not mistaken, if we are to keep to the new 25 man rule, we can only add 2 players to the current amount of players we have left ( we have 23 players leftexcluding those that contract are up and on loan and eduardo) so i assume we only getting 1 diffender and the old gold keeper from fulham. we are gonna have to off load more players to sign any others….

philip
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Ok. .close this deal and then we must at least another one defender with EPL experience!also we NEED hart or lloris but this summer we can’t buy them. .buy schwarzer for 2 years and then look for someone else or make szcensy #1!also buy felipe melo or de jong(will leave city) or sissoko for a defensive midfielder role and of course if anyone leave buy repleacment! fabregas(gourcuff,ozil,joe cole) eduardo(remy,eriksen,balotelli) some defenders: gary cahill,kjaer,richards,subotic. . COME ON WENGER DO THE JOB!WE ALL LOVE ARSENAL AND WE WANT TO SEE THIS TO THE TOP

Fish
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@TR: To the idiots that don’t rate Schwarzer: Have you ever watched football? He is in the top 5 keepers in the world.

Lady Arsenal
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The reason we need the bigger name players is that they are senior pros who have won things, can shoulder the pressures of expectation and are a big presence on the pitch. These things rub off on the younger players.

Come on people, Wenger, Pat Rice and Boro Primorac can’t teach them everything, they need to learn from top players. Cesc had Vieira, Henry, Pires, Freddie etc. It stops them believing their own hype. Plus it scares the shit out of the opposition.

josh
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Agree with you, Lady Arsenal! Sometimes it pays hugh if appropriate investment is made on a few top players. They can ‘rub’ on their skills, helping in building and encouraging the younger players’ footballing knowledge as well. Unfortunately A.Wenger’s policy of buying players are limited most of the time to 8-12m range! Rarely does he exceed his budget for a player more than 15m, leave alone for around 20m or more!

garymurray
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I have followed Fulham after going to the Cottage with my daughter whan we visited London two years ago. She is now a die hard for Fulham as I am for AFC, but I watch Fulham as my 2nd fav every week. Scwartser is a really good keeper Commands well, deals with areials really well. distributes and is respected by Hodsgon and the club. He is a good bridge to Solzency

LeProf
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Arsenal 2010/2011 should be: Hart Ven der Wiel – Koscielny – Vermaelen – Gibbs Arshavin – Cesc – Song – Nasri RVP – Chamakh Out /(In): Almunia / (Joe Hart) Gallas / (Koscielny) Sagna / (Gregory Van Der Wiel) Clichy/ (Gibbs, promoted) Silvestre / (Gary Cahill AND Simon Kjer) Sol / (Majid Bougherra) Denilson / (Wilshere, promoted) Eduardo / (JET, promoted) Rosicky / (Henri Lansbury, promoted or Mezut Ozil new arrival) If Cesc goes, replacement is – Mezut Ozil / Thomas Muller / Wesley Sneijer / Rafael Van der Vaart or simply put Jack Wilshere back from Bolton. Jack Wilshere… Read more »
josh
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@LeProf, that was pretty idiotic lol

jonno
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big players dont always help just ask real madrid fans,
oh and in the last five years we have been paying for the stadium i now watch the arsenal in , and i must say the emirates is a piece of silverware to me .
wenger knows more than you about football .

baron
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Le Prof, If only it was as easy as that. Give the guy a chance and see how he plays. I have high hopes for Djourou who is the man everyone seems to forget. He had a decent season in 08/09 and was ready to start playing regularly. Unfortunate injury at the wrong time for him. To be honest I’d say he’s probably going to start the season as first choice. As for other players – Ozil is way way way out of our price league now – I’d been saying for a while we should have signed him but… Read more »
alish
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when arsene bids 3 times for a player it shows he can be another verminator

jena
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another average signing……and people stop abusing the words “world class”. Thomas Vermuelen is not world class. Roooney,Jt, Gerrard, Lamapard are not world class. The formula of seeking unknown players and transforming them does not work anymore….it has not worked for 5 seasons. For the simple reason that our rivals buy well known stars and we cant compete with them…Its gonna be another painfull season of drubbings by Chelsea and MANu ……..and the Spuds, Man City and Villa are likely to put put 1 or 2 over us… Lets sign one or two big players. Coz why should players like Fabregas… Read more »
ADE
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I WILL LOVE TO SEE WENGER BRING IN MEZUT OZIL AND JOE HART, THAT WILL BE BETTER…

slick
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of topic… but seriously, Eboue is da sickest player around. cant believe he did this at the world cup…

Ehsan
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And in 2011-2012 season we would be relegated. You just let our best players for overhyped English players

Andy
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Just heard that Spurs have made an offer for Kjaer. I will be gutted if they get him.
We need a world class signing. I think Melo would be good for us

The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY

@ ehsan, do u hate the thought of buying english players just because they aren’t foreign… Im sure being a centre half from bolton (cahill) would benefit us more than buying one from lorient (koscienly)

NNRF
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Dear Wenger, please sign a world class INTERNATIONAL keeper aged aprox 30-32 (not 37 at end of career), and 2 world class INTERNATIONAL defenders, who are monsters who scrap and win the ball ugly. If any money left over, buy some physical presence in midfield, so i dont have to watch the inconsistent Diaby or Denilson (bless him!). Im not an “Arsene Knows Fan” ,or an “Anti Arsene Fan”, Im an Arsenal Fan! i want what our team needs, and has needed for past 3 – 4 seasons, and Wenger at end of each season has said our team needs… Read more »
NNRF
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and i would definitely take jagielka or gary cahill in a heartbeat ….. rant over.

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