Arsenal have undergone significant changes this summer under the guidance of Unai Emery, who has bolstered his depth at the heart of defence.
The Spaniard has signed Sokratis Papastathopoulos to provide competition to Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos at the Emirates Stadium, which hands Laurent Koscielny a number of hurdles to overcome upon his return.
France international Koscielny was forced to miss his nation’s World Cup success through injury and will remain on the sidelines for the first few months of Arsenal’s 2018-19 campaign, with the veteran defender targeting a return in November.
Contracted with Arsenal until 2020, the 32-year-old has been questioned on his long-term future but remains committed to the Premier League side. Quoted by Sport Witness, he said:
“I think I’ll continue, but I don’t know where. It’s not something to think about now, anyways. I’m happy in England, as are my family.
“There will obviously be a lot of question marks. The most important is to have your health. I’ve learnt to put things in perspective, because there’s so many worse things in life.”