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

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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