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Arsenal Bid Rejected As Wenger Looks To Strengthen Back-Line


By Fab4.

Arsenal have had an £8.5m bid for Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny rejected, as it was dependent on a number of clauses and performance related payments, according to L’equipe. The Gunners made an initial offer of £4.5m offer last week which was rejected, and Lorient have knocked back the latest bid as they want £7m cash up front for the 24-year-old centre half.

Last week it was revealed that Arsene Wenger was prepared to let promising youngster Francis Copuelin join Lorient on loan for a season to sweeten the deal, but even this hasn’t forced the French side into a deal. Koscielny was signed only last year for £1.5m from Tours, but has been in impressive form this season which has seen him attract interest from all over Europe.

Arsenal boss Wenger is keen to bring in the centre half as he looks to reshuffle him back line ahead of next season, with William Gallas edging closer to the exit door as he has still to agree a contract extension, while Phillipe Senderos and Mikel Silvestre also seem destined to leave the Emirates. Perhaps more worryingly for Wenger is the news that Sol Campbell is seriously mulling over a move to Celtic despite a one-year contract on the table from the Gunners. That may mean Arsenal losing four centre backs from last years squad. Some serious business needs to be done in the transfer window Arsene!



  1. dan

    June 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    im glad they are rejecting the bids,because he won’t be strengthening our backline.

    • Fab4

      June 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      Yeah i can’t say I’m too excited by this guy, but you just have to trust in the judgement of the manager. I can’t see him coming in as first choice, he will most likely be back-up replacement for silvestre/senderos/campbell. Hopefully a ‘proper’ centre back will also be signed.

  2. j

    June 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    you cant just judge the guy you havent seen him play. Remember thomas vermaelen no one knew nothing about him but look at him now one he is of the best defenders in the premier league.

  3. Fuzzy Dunlop

    June 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I love people like ‘dan’ who are only interested in players they have heard of. Did you come out with such rubbish when we signed Vieira? Cesc? Sagna? Toure? Gilberto? Clichy? Vermaelen? Anelka?

    I could go on……

    If Arsene thinks this guy is good enough then thats enough for me. I would like to see us sign two new CB’s but if this guy is the only one then fair enough. We have Djourou returning and if Sol signs on for another year then we are covered quite well.

  4. Gunner90

    June 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Gallas/Silvestre/Campbell are history – they are either not good enough,too old or injury prone. We need two top quality experienced centre halves and a new goal keeper otherwise next season will be worse than the last season regardless of what happens in midfield!

  5. TopGun

    June 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    For God sake Arsene stop penny pinching!! If you want him and think he’s good enough then stump the money and buy him for god’s sake, then turn your attention to a keeper.

  6. Tonia Reeves

    June 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Gallas/Silvestre/Senderos/Campbell are on their way out! If Laurent Koscielny is good enough, pay the 7m; Le boss we trust your judgement…we sure do need a CB its getting late!!!

  7. dave@spurs

    June 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    why does everybody wanna leave the gooners, even fabrigooner, its no good saying you wont sell him, you cant keep anybody who doesnt want to be at the club. as for Gallas your team treated him like shit last season its no wonder hes out the door,hope you get nuthing next season.

    • Andy

      June 4, 2010 at 1:59 am

      that’s what spurs get every season, oh and it’s spelt nothing you yido scum!

    • imran

      June 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm

      champions league? UR HAVIN A LAUGH!!!!!!

  8. Ike duke

    June 4, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I hate when spurs fans run over to a site that belongs to ARSENAL fans to yak off their mouth about matters not concerning them. Why don’t u enjoy ur best season ever and let us gooners worry abt our affairs… Anyway, if wenger thinks this guy will solve our CB problems, am all for it!! Go gooners!!!

  9. Paul

    June 4, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Lol Some of you make me laugh Wenger is the boss he will do whats right and if you want cover for those 3 waste of space’s you mentioned above theres a really good infant soccer team down the street get rid of that dead wood and sign 2 fresh cb’s.

  10. Mtuda

    June 4, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Whoever goes sum1 will come in. Wenger is the best in turning nonsense into sumthing special so if he pays 7 it aint bad we paid nothing for fab but it took 6 years for him to get topps, if he goes no problem we only worry when god leaves us. he will follow the rest in two seasons he will b cuming from the bench even flamini is flabbergasted to see that he was a piece of crap, fab must ask himself y barca never seemed to see him as special behind messi, iniesta, pique he only le prof saw the gem inside him

  11. steve way

    June 4, 2010 at 8:20 am

    What is it with Arsenal? – they have a huge transfer budget to spend this summer and as always they seem to be penny-pinching when it comes to negotiations for players. For God’s sake pay the money and let’s get some quality in the side instead of always going for the cheaper bargain-buy!

  12. kisekka

    June 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Those parks can all go and we get new ones

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