Laurent Koscielny has brought down the curtain on his Arsenal career and although he’s leaving on a sour note, it won’t always be like that.
There are some players who leave and you never forgive them. There are the Ashley Coles and Robin van Persies of this world.
Laurent Koscielny is not like those players.
He just wants to go home.
I don’t know what’s went on in his head this summer, but I’m sure we will find our when he settles at his new club and feels far enough away from Arsenal that he can talk about it, but it’s clear that he’s made a few bad decisions recently.
That shouldn’t tarnish everything he’s done at Arsenal.
I think of it like my last ex. We were together for three years, so a third of the time that Kos has been with us. Sure, she turned into a bit of a dick at the end (I’m sure I did too) but for the majority of the relationship we had a really good time.
Endings tend to cause bad feelings that can cloud what went before but, with time, the proverbial dust settles and we look back on our time together with fondness.
Over the next few days and weeks, many Arsenal fans – myself included no doubt – will say things we really don’t mean about our now-former captain.
But I know one day we will look back and see the man who really did put his body on the line for Arsenal and made himself into the best defender at Arsenal for years after arriving as a nobody in 2010.