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ARSENAL: £8.5m deal close – but is it enough?


By Fab4.

Arsenal are inching ever closer to the signing of Laurent Koscielny. It has been widely reported today that we have agreed a fee and are now set to discuss a contract with the player, who missed the return to pre-season training yesterday with his current club Lorient.

Arsenal have been after the 24-year-old centre back all summer and Arsene Wenger confirmed our interest a couple of weeks ago. Initial offers of £4.5m and £7m were rejected but now it seems the two clubs have come to an agreement and the transfer is expected to be completed in the coming days. French sources claim the fee is £9.7m but many other media outlets feel it’s nearer £8.5m.

The signing will be a welcome addition to Arsenal’s back line, which is short of both numbers and experience as William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Sol Campbell are all out-of-contract at the club and yet to agree new deals.

With that in mind, surely there will be another defender coming to the Emirates this summer as well as Koscielny? Once ‘Kos’ is officially a Gooner, we will only have three centre backs who you could argue are ready for first team football. Vermaelen is one of the first names on the team sheet, Djourou has been out for over a year with a serious knee injury and nobody knows how many games we will get out of him after such a long time out, and Koscienly is a newbie and it would be good fortune to find another centre back who comes in and settles immediately into premiership life like Vermaelen did last year.

So another established defender is a priority i feel. It would be crazy to go into a new season with only three centre backs. Yes we have a few decent youngsters coming through, but don’t tell me you would want to see Bartley or Norveit marking Drogba next season! If Sol signs a new one-year deal we might get away with having four centre backs, IF Koscielny settles well and Djourou suffers no adverse reactions to his comeback. I just don’t want injuries and lack of depth to be an excuse again next season.

Do you think Arsenal should buy another centre back as well as Koscielny?

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  1. Mike Konzon

    June 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Couldnt agree more

    four centre backs (including campbell) look to be leaving the club so we must replace them with at least 2!

    Personally even is Sol stays I think we need another one anyway

  2. Andrew

    June 29, 2010 at 11:04 am

    It all depends on Sol if he stays then we wont buy a new defender
    Vermaelen, Koscielny, Djourou, Sol and Nordtveit that’s 5 defenders
    if he doesnt sign a new contract then wenger will buy a new defender maybe someone in his late 20s like Boughera
    somene whos not first choice but a good backup

  3. Onyeka ononye

    June 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Yes arsenal should sign koncienly and also sign van dawiel.wit arteta or gouguff

  4. adrian

    June 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’m not convinced arsenal have solved the problem of the weakness in midfield caused by diaby and denilson. Diaby was not that impressive in the world cup in a poor french team. Denilson did not really fit the bill last year as he lacked the physical strength needed. The main problem still lies with the defence as sol has yet to make up his mind. If sol goes another centre half may be needed.

  5. realtalkfootball

    June 30, 2010 at 3:52 am

    We seriously need to sign another centreback, 3 is not enough.

    As for a goalkeeper, i still believe that is the main priority, and Joe Hart is the name all Arsenal fans want

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