The Star has announced that Unai Emery is willing to sell Laurent Koscielny in January.
The Arsenal Captain sustained an Achilles injury towards the end of last season and has only recently returned to full training.
According to The Star, Emery is content to dispense with a highly experienced performer without even giving him the opportunity to prove his worth.
This doesn’t sound like the sort of behaviour that the Spaniard normally engages in.
Emery can hardly dispense with that class of player, when his defence is still fragile.
If there is any truth in this latest story, it may be because the 33 year old is thought to have been unable to show signs of a sufficient recovery.
Yet, as far as I am aware from a source close to the Emirates, the injury has responded well to treatment and Koscielny is slowly achieving fitness.
It could be that the player wants to leave the club for his own reasons, having been there since 2010 and clocking up 238 appearances.
Yet, he has much to prove, not least to France manager, Didier Deschamps who he thinks abandoned him during his injury.
“He called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no.”
“Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach. It feels like a hit on the back of the head.
“When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured… after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about.
After such a serious injury, it’s unlikely that clubs would be lining up for his signature unless he had established some form at the highest level.
Koscielny, will have seen the changes since Wenger’s departure and also noted that, at the moment, Arsenal are in contention for a top four finish.
Emery said recently
“We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury.”
Emery pondered the question of his captains return saying :
“It’s difficult to know. You look at this morning, he’s running, he’s working on the pitch.
The progress is very good progress.”
This doesn’t suggest that Koscielny will be going anywhere soon and it looks that perhaps, the Frenchman may not even feature in the side this season.