Arsenal talisman confirms he will complete Emirates exit after contract ends

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When it was announced that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be leaving the North London club after 22 years, there was a lot of speculation that several players could follow in his footsteps.

The Gunners have already seen some departures in the form of German centre-back Per Mertesacker who retired and both Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla who have left on a free.

Another player who could join their list is their centre-back Laurent Koscielny who has hinted that he will leave the North London club after his contract expires.

The French defender who is now 33 will be 35 when his contract ends with the Gunners in the summer of 2020. After that, it is difficult to see him to remain with the Gunners especially given the injury problems that he has been having.

He is currently out with a knock that was picked during the second leg Europe League game against Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners have already gone ahead and purchased another senior defender from Borussia Dortmund in the form of Sokratis Papastathopoulos. It is expected that the Greek will be the first choice alongside with German defender Shkodran Mustafi.

The hint about £90,000-a-week defender departing from the Emirates Stadium came when he was asked about his plans for the future by a French newspaper, to which he said:

“I’m under contract until June 2020. Afterwards? I’m thinking of moving on, but I do not know where”