London club are reportedly closing in on green-lighting an exit for defensive stalwart Laurent Koscielny this transfer window with a move to Bordeaux touted. France international has been with Arsenal since 2010 and has gone on to make over 350 appearances for the Gunners having established himself as their defensive stalwart.
Injuries have been a problem for Laurent along the way, but he has stayed a pivotal figure for the London club at the back.
Nevertheless, after their leaky back-line emerged as an issue last campaign having conceded 51 goals in 38 Premier League matches to give them the second-worst defensive record of the top nine sides, it could be argued that Spanish coach needed to make changes anyway.
That has seemingly been forced upon Unai Emery though, with Arsenal’s official site noting last month how Koscielny refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour, thus pushing for a shock exit from Emirates given his ties to Gunners and the length of his spell at London club.
Frenchman is now on the verge of sealing that exit with a medical set to be completed on Tuesday with Bordeaux after he flew out to France on Monday night following an agreement being reached between the two clubs.
The 33-year-old centre-back will cost them nearly €5m and will sign a three-year contract, and so his stint with the Gunners appears to be on the brink of coming to an end. They have snapped up talented defender William Saliba this transfer window, but given he was sent back to Saint Etienne on loan for the season.