Arsene Wenger’s Champions league-spot chasing side have finally gained a semblance of defensive solidity in recent months and a large chunk of the credit goes to Laurent Koscielny, the most natural defender at the manager’s disposal.
But the Express reports that Bayern Munich will follow their usual tactic of throwing money at a problem by seeking the French defender’s signature to make up for Daniel Van Buyten’s expected summer departure. Incoming boss Pep Guardiola has supposedly given the go-ahead but Arsenal are unlikely to be moved by even a £20 million bid.
Van Buyten is currently 35 years old, and has barely featured over the last couple of years, as the club have chosen to get the most out of the Belgian international.
Defending wasn’t something Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side worried too much about, hogging too much of the ball to need to ever really chase it, but Pep is a smart man, and knows that if he is to make this Bayern Munich side stronger, he needs to bring in some reinforcements at the back. Koscielny is an ideal target given his age, comfort on the ball and aerial prowess, and it remains to be seen despite Arsenal’s reluctance to sell whether the player’s head could be turned by the prospect of playing for the German giants.