Koscielny to quit if Arsenal dont show ambition.
Laurent Koscielny has opened the door to another summer of uncertainty by admitting he could leave if Arsenal fail to show ambition in the transfer market.
The France defender played an integral role in his club’s brilliant end to last season, which saw them pip Spurs to a Champions League place.
But Koscielny, who has established himself as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice centre half and has four years left on his contract, placed question marks over his future when he said: ‘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. I want to win titles and I hope the club have the means.’
His comments echo those of Robin van Persie, who left the Emirates for Manchester United last summer. The Dutchman identified the club’s apparent lack of drive to win major trophies as a key reason behind his decision to quit.
Koscielny, a £15million target for new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, added: ‘I feel good at Arsenal and if the club [can] 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.’
Right back Bacary Sagna, who questioned Arsenal’s ambition at the start of last season, also admitted a move away from the Emirates could be in the offing.
Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Sagna, who has held talks over extending his Arsenal contract, which ends next year.
Sagna said: ‘There are talks but I still haven’t extended my contract. Could I go back to France? It is possible. We would have to see in which conditions and, in sporting terms, what they propose. I won’t go just anywhere. I am not at a bad club now.’
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