Koscielny, Podolski & More
By Keenos
Monday 15 Apr 2013 19:16:00
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Recent speculation has been linking both Laurent Koscielny and Lukas Podolski with a move away from The Arsenal. Most recently, Koscielny has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich, with Guardiola reportedly being a fan of the Frenchman since his Barcelone day's.

Lukas Podolski has been linked here there and everywhere, with Juventus and Galatasaray reportedly leading the race. A fee of around £15 million has been mooted, with most recent reports going as far as saying Arsene Wenger no longer speak to the German international, and has effectively frozen him out, in a similar way to Andrey Arshavin.

Reports of the German's unhappiness at Arsenal are, however, wide of the mark. It seems much of the speculation on his future is more to do with the fact he is not currently started for Arsenal, rather than concrete interest from other clubs. And there is very little, if any, proof that the happy-go-lucky German who was key in the victory over Norwich has fallen out with Wenger.

Lukas Podolski's disappearance from the first team since the turn of the year is much more simple than unhappiness, despite what the conspiracy theorists will tell you. Lukas Podolski has been injured.

Podolski picked up a couple of niggling injuries early in the season. Injuries which under normal circumstances would of had him rested for a game or two. But to to a mixing point of his brilliant early season form, Gervinho's poor form, and injuries to Wilshere, Rosicky & diaby resulted in him having to be nursed through the early parts of the season. This came to a head in December when a slight hamstring strain ruled him out of the Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion.

Arsene Wenger often goes on about players playing in the 'red zone.' This is where there bodies are on the verge of a breakdown, and, if the player is not reseted, he is likely to break down. We saw Jack wilshere playing the last dozen games of the 2010/11 season in this red zone. It resulted in a stress fracture ankle injury which rules him out of the entire next season.

In 2011/12 Wojciech Szczesny also played in the red zone for the last few games of the season. This resulted in him going to the 2012 European Championship unfit, before breaking down at the start of the 2012/13 season.

It is clear that Wenger does not want to push Podolski too far, which could force him into a long term injury issue. He is already scheduled to have an operation as soon as the season is over and, until then, he is likely to be a super sub to help reduce stress on his body and ensure he starts the 2013/14 season fully fit, and at Arsenal.

The Laurent Koscielny transfer speculation is simpler. There is no injury. He is not unsettled. He just wants assurances of his future at Arsenal. He signed a new, long-term contract in August 2012, after an exceptional 2011/12 season where he was arguably our best centre-back, only to find himself lose his place to Thomas Vermaelen, who got the captaincy and with it a seemingly untouchable place in the first team.

Since the turn of the year, he has fought his way back into the first team and has arguably cemented his place alongside Per Mertersacker as first choice partnership. The recent speculation linking him to Bayern Munich is no more than agent's leaking stories to the press, to get the message to Wenger that 'our player wants assurances that he will remain in the 1st team, otherwise there are other parties interested in him.' It is not unusual for these stories to appear when an agent feels a player needs a better contract, or feels his player should be in the first team.

More often than not, the stories disappear and, with the player having never mentioned to anyone he is looking for a move, the football world moves on to the next player looking to manipulate his position within the club using the press and other clubs.

Laurent Koscielny point to the badge over his heart before hitting it with passion after the Norwich game would indicate his only thoughts are for his current club, and he is not unhappy or looking for a move.

In summary, it is likely the only players to leave this summer are the bit part players who we all know are on their way. Johann Djourou is likely to make his loan deal with Hannover permanent. Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci will leave on free transfer. As will Lukasz Fabianski, who despite his recent good form, will likely look to get himself permanent first team football elsewhere at the age of 27.

Andre Santos, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner & Denilson will also be allowed to leave, if the club can actively find a buyer.

What is for certain, Laurent Koscielny and Lukas Podolski are not going anywhere.

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2 Responses to "Koscielny, Podolski & More"
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17 Apr 2013 21:46
Angha has already left. Do you even know who "bhimoutine rees galindo neita roberts fagan" are or did you just pull them from football manager you mug? Big cash for Rosicky? He is 31. We will barely get 2mil for him. "hajrovic boateng ebicilio wellington jeffrey wynter" Again, do you know who any of them are? Fuck off.
15 Apr 2013 20:33
Fabianski mannone eastmond djourou squillaci santos denilson henderson park arshavin bendtner chamakh shea angha watt bhimoutine rees galindo neita roberts fagan there's 21to go for starters. I'm not sure if I would keep diaby and gervinho plus big cash for sagna and rosicky would be too good to turn down. Then there are other youngsters whose careers need to be considered hajrovic boateng ebicilio wellington jeffrey wynter. Wow I have just cleared out 31 players!! Only leaves us with 55
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