According to France Football, Bayern Munich were forced to sign Borussia Dortmund Captain Matt Hummels after their attempts to lure Arsenal and former Lorient Centre-back Laurent Koscienly to Bavaria failed .
Koschieny was reluctant to swap the Premier League for The Bundesliga even though he had three years left to run in his contract with the Gunners . The French man decided to stay in Arsenal as he is expected to be named the Captain after the exit of Captain and Spaniard Mikel Arteta.
Koscienly was a £8.46 million signing in 2010 and though he was inconsistent and not recognised , he has gone on to become a pillar for the North London club . At 30, the former Guingamp defender has played more than 180 Premier League games for the Gunners since his move scoring 15 times which is high for a defender. Koscienly is seen as clever, agile and ball-playing defender having played alongside several players in Arsenal with his place never under threat.
Last season, the defender played 33 league games scoring four goals and making 27 tackles with a success rate of 37%. It did not end there as he also made 127 interceptions, 194 clearances and 27 blocks leading his team to second place in the table and toppling rivals Tottenham who earlier appeared likely to finish above them for the first time since Arsene Wenger’s reign which started in 1996.
The problem with Koschieny’s signing is that unlike the previous years , Arsenal is no longer seen as a selling club where the likes of Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song were sold to raise funds. Arsenal have reached self-sufficiency that they no longer need to sell their stars to finance their transfers.
Along the likes of Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech and Alexis Sanchez, Koscienly is seen as indispensable and untouchable at the club, hence it would take something extraordinary to see him exit the club.
Though younger, Matt Hummels has a better pedigree and record in the game than Koscienly but it appears Bayern were reluctant to buy a player from rivals Borussia Dortmund given the roar that ensured during and after the signings of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in the past.
Though a Bavarian and former Bayern academy player after making a single appearance for the club’s senior team before a successful loan spell and sale to Borussia Dortmund, it was difficult for the three parties (Bayern, Dortmund and Hummels) to conclude the deal.
With Wenger’s reluctancy to move, it appears Wenger has got it right this time and Arsenal fans will pray he goes on a buying spree to sign proven players who will aid the club’s quest of winning the Premier League for the first time in 12 years next season.