Unai Emery looking for leaders if Laurent Koscielny departs

Tanya Simon
July 21, 2019

Koscielny refused to attend the club's pre-season tour in a bid to force a move and now as a result, he is s set to be stripped of the captaincy.

The £25k-a-week performer is now battling his way back to fitness on Arsenal's pre-season tour of America.

When Unai Emery inherited the Arsenal squad last summer, one of the crucial positions that he had to form his opinions on was centre-back.

"Our target is to achieve three or four players who really improve our team and our squad now", Emery said in a news conference on Tuesday.

But, with only Burnley, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Norwich forking out less on new recruits so far, the lack of investment is one of the issues highlighted by an alliance of Arsenal supporters' groups in recent days.

"But after Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech left - and possibly Laurent Koscielny - I will want more".

"Last year (Granit) Xhaka, Mesut (Ozil) and Nacho (Monreal) were working as captains".

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"Chelsea are in a little bit of turmoil; they can't sign any players, they've got Frank Lampard, and they've got young players coming in".

"Koscielny, who joined Arsenal from French side Lorient in 2010 and has made over 350 appearances, was still an important player".

"We are waiting for two, three, four players to help us and also with everybody creating a new way with a lot of positive things we worked on a year ago".

The 33-year-old is keen to return to France with Ligue 1 clubs willing to offer him a three-year deal while Arsenal are only offering two years.

"If we decide on a player they have the capacity and deserve to have the opportunity to be captain". There were obviously concerns in the defence given the record of the team under Arsene Wenger, but there was also young talent that needed to be nurtured, namely, Calum Chambers, Dinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding.

"We are really happy with his [Rob Holding's] progress".

The centre-back has featured in over 350 games for the Gunners and is now one of if not their best centre-back.

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