Laurent Koscielny says he’ll only look to leave Arsenal if the club shows no ambition to end its trophy drought.
Stressing that he has no reason to leave the Emirates at the moment, despite tittle-tattle linking him with a move to Bayern Munich, the centre-back also underlined there had been no contact from big-spenders Paris Saint Germain.
Bouncing back from a torrid first half of the season the French international helped steer the Gunners to Champions League football with a sterling run of form in the final ten games. However, reflecting on a tough few months he admitted to Eurosport that the club needs to do better in the future.
“I feel good at Arsenal,” he said when asked about his future. “I’ve just come to the end of a complicated season, especially the first six months, but it’s over now.
“I want to win titles and I hope the club has the means. It deserves it. Does the club want to keep me? That question is also there.
“If the club has the means to 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.
“I do not want to go anywhere. Of course I want to know another championship, but it’s complicated.
“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. Paris [Saint Germain]? I don’t know. I’ve not heard anything.”
Arseblog News has no doubt that the ‘I feel good at Arsenal’ line will be largely overlooked in the coming 48 hours with other publications focusing instead on the “Koscielny: Win me a trophy or I’m f*cking off” angle.
We’d urge everyone to chill out. The fact Laurent was being questioned by a bloke who insisted on pushing him to talk about PSG, despite there being no suggestion of such a move, underlines that everyone, both at home and abroad, is looking for a juicy headline. Moreover, what he has said makes perfect sense – the club does indeed need to win silverware and it’s going to need hungry players like Koscielny to do so.