Koscielny: I have no reason to leave Arsenal or 'inspirational' Wenger

ShareClose Comments
The France defender has been linked with a move away from north London this summer but has moved to rule out a transfer

Laurent Koscielny insists he has no plans to leave Arsenal this summer, claiming he is happy in London and that his loyalties lie with Arsene Wenger. 

Get odds on Arsenal-Leicester

The France international has been linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich, as well as a return to boyhood club Marseille, despite signing an extension with the Gunners as recently as November of last year.

Koscielny appeared 50 times for Arsenal last season and remains a key part of Wenger's defensive unit ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.

The defender turns 32 at the start of the upcoming season and it was suggested he may push for one big-money move before his career began to slow, with recent interviews with French publications putting no end to the matter.

And, though speculation of an exit continues, the defender can't see why he'd leave the Emirates.

“When I first got here, I didn’t think about how long I would stay at this club - but now I am starting my eighth season so I am very happy with this,” Koscielny is quoted by the Standard. “I am happy in my life every day, not just the football but my life with my wife and kids in London.

City step up Mbappe interest

"We enjoy it, that’s why I have stayed for a long time here. 

“I have a long contract with Arsenal and I have [no reason] to leave the club. I am just here to enjoy my job and give everything for the team, and get the best results for the club. If I can do all of that, then I am happy.”

Koscielny has also shared his admiration for Arsenal boss Wenger following a turbulent campaign for the long-serving Gunners boss. 

Sections of supporters protested against the Frenchman's leadership of the first team before he eventually signed a new two-year deal at the club.

Questioned on Wenger, Koscielny says he has learned a lot from his fellow countryman and is ready to fight by his side.

Lacazette will need time - Pires

“Arsene Wenger is a big [inspiration] for me," he added. "He bought me from France and has given me everything to help me play for Arsenal, and has helped me as a man too.

“I have a big [loyalty] to this club and to the boss too. I have stayed here for seven years and I have learnt a lot from him, so I am happy to be here with him and to fight for him because he is a great person.”

Next article:
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real & Chelsea agree €190m Hazard deal
Next article:
Tottenham star Son signs new deal until 2023
Next article:
El Hadji Diouf attacks Cisse and Le Roy on Senegal future
Next article:
India U-16 go down against Thailand U-16 once again
Next article:
'I'll always carry Roma in my heart' - Alisson thanks former club after Liverpool transfer
Close

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.

Show more Accept