There have been many rumours about whether Arsene Wenger decided to leave Arsenal (according to the official stance) or whether he was sacked (according to Jack Wilshere), but now Laurent Koscielny’s agent has revealed exactly how angry his client was when he heard the news about Wenger, and how his first reaction was that he would also leave at the same time.
Stéphane Courbis told France Football: “When he banged the floor with his hand, I immediately knew that it was serious, that it was over. Everything at that moment went through my mind, including the worst, which was validated when it emerged that it was an Achilles rupture and that he would miss the World Cup. Laurent was perhaps playing the final matches of his Arsenal career.
“He started thinking about a possible departure from Arsenal at the same time as Arsène Wenger. It was the right moment, the final moment to leave with the arrival of the new manager. I had already anticipated this, with two or three offers that were starting to make us think.
“We were open to different options, China as much as France. He could not see himself playing for another English team other than Arsenal. Since the approach from Marseille least season, the notion of returning to Ligue 1 entered his thinking. It was a genuine possibility.”
We all know that Koss The Boss has always praised Wenger for taking him from the obscurity of Ligue 2 to play for Arsenal, and he has always stayed extremely loyal to Wenger. But it sounds like it was a big shock to him when he was told Le Prof was leaving (sacked?) and his immediate response was to leave with him.
So his extended injury at the end of the season must have put his plans all up in the air again. Is it because of Koscielny’s loyalty to Wenger that Emery has made it clear he will still be captain?