Koscielny had reportedly been demanding that Arsenal terminate his contract for some time now, even refusing to join the club on its preseason tour of the United States.
So, the sale was necessary, but this is nonetheless a bittersweet way for a one-time Arsenal captain to leave the club. Koscielny has been a model of professionalism since joining Arsenal in 2010, as well as one of the club’s best defenders and a key member of three FA Cup winning teams. Last season he battled back from an Achilles injury to become a much-needed steadying presence on Arsenal’s backline.
Plus, Arsenal was already lacking in quality center back options before Koscielny’s departure was announced. As things currently stand, the club will likely be starting the season with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Calum Chambers starting in central defense. So not great, Bob.
Still, despite negative circumstances surrounding his departure, Koscielny’s time at Arsenal was overwhelmingly positive, and in the future he ought to be remembered fondly for his contributions by fans.