Looks like someone has been whispering in Laurent Koscielny’s ear as the Arsenal defender says that he could hand in a transfer request if Arsenal fail to spend big in this summer’s transfer window.
‘I want to lift trophies and to have a winning record. I hope the club will give me the means. If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere. I want to win titles and I hope the club have the means.’
Koscielny, who has been linked with a £15m move to Bayern Munich added:
‘I feel good at Arsenal and if the club [can] compete with the best, I have no reason to leave. But if it fights every year for Champions League qualification it’s hard psychologically to be under such constant pressure.’
His comments are almost and exact copy of those uttered by Robin van Persie a year or so ago, when he said that Arsenal’s apparent lack of drive to win major trophies was a key reason behind his move elsewhere.
If Koscielny thinks that the battle for fourth place is pressure packed and tough mentally then a move to Bayern is not the answer. Their the expectation is simply. Win trophies every year. And that causes a lot more pressure and expectations on the players than simply qualifying for the Champions League and finishing in the top four.