Arsenal could offer Laurent Koscielny a contract extension as reports emerge he was approached by Lyon ‘several weeks ago’.

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny acknowledges the public at the end of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg football match Napoli vs Arsenal on April 18, 2019 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny acknowledges the public at the end of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg football match Napoli vs Arsenal on April 18, 2019 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) 

Laurent Koscielny looked like he was on his way from Arsenal after nine years in London. He has been linked with a number of clubs and now L’Equipe (via GFFN) report that the 33-year-old has been approached by Lyon.

Arsenal, in need of cash, however, are not prepared to let their captain go for nothing – nor should they when he has a year remaining on his contract and ‘may even offer him a contract extension.’

The extension would most likely be to ensure they don’t lose him for nothing next season and much will depend on Arsenal’s ability to be creative in the market this summer.

Arsenal desperately need defenders but they don’t have any money so a decision might be taken to keep Kos at the club as a back-up should they be unable to replace him adequately.

Of course, this is all speculation and, with neither side saying anything, we will just have to wait to see what they do.

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