COMMENTARY | After having an up and down (more like down and up) 2012-2013 season with Arsenal, Laurent Koscielny appears to be in demand for some major European clubs this summer. The French defender started the campaign off slowly, only starting nine times in the Premier League before March 16th. However, Koscielny started the final ten Premier League matches of the season. In these final ten matches, Arsenal were unbeaten, racking up eight wins, and adding two draws. Thanks to this fantastic stretch to end the season, the Gunners were able to edge their rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, and finish in the important final Champions League qualifying spot.
Part of Arsenal's success in the final ten league games was Koscielny's play. The defender helped the Gunners only allow five total goals in their last ten matches (this included some outstanding clearances in the penalty box). The French defender was rewarded for his play by being voted the second best player of the 2012-2013 season by the fans.
However, just qualifying for the Champions League doesn't seem to be enough for Koscielny. He told Eurosport, "I want to have some titles. I hope the club will give itself the means. If that's not the case, I'll go take a look elsewhere." The Frenchman also added, "I feel good at Arsenal, and if we're given the means to be able to rival big teams, of course I want to continue the adventure."
These comments might sound extremely disheartening to Arsenal fans; however, is Koscielny wrong for making these comments? Isn't it the goal of every soccer player (or any professional player in sports) to win titles? It appears that Koscielny just wants to win, and he wants Arsenal to spend some of their money on talent this summer to help the team win.
It also seems as if Koscielny wants to stay at Arsenal, as long as they show ambition and win trophies in the near future. Arsenal must start to hang on to their most important players. If they were to sell Koscielny this summer (it doesn't seem likely as he signed a new contract just last summer), there would appear to be no progress at Arsenal. They would be exactly where they have been over the last four or five seasons; selling their most important players because they have not won trophies.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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