Former French national team striker Florian Maurice has backed Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny over the manner in which he announced his international retirement.
Koscielny, 33, confirmed his retirement from the French national team on Sunday and also criticised manager Didier Deschamps for his lack of care while he was recovering from an Achilles tendon injury which ruled him out of this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia.
Former Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Lyon striker Maurice spoke about Koscielny in an interview with renowned French news outlet l’equipe as he revealed that he understands the defender’s plight having also missed the 1998 World Cup title triumph on home soil as a result of an injury.
Laurent Koscielny was on course to be part of the 23-man France squad for this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia before he sustained the aforementioned injury in April.
The centre-back suffered the injury in the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final clash with Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid at the new Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico Madrid defeated the Gunners 1-0 in that second leg to secure a 2-1 victory on aggregate and seal a final spot which they eventually won courtesy a 2-0 win over French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille
Arsenal Officially Agree Loan Deal For Dani Ceballos
North London giants Arsenal have agreed to a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.
According to BBC journalist David Ornstein, Dani Ceballos would spend the next season on loan at Arsenal without the option of a permanent deal.
The loan deal to Arsenal could be completed as early as Tuesday.
Dani Ceballos had earlier revealed in his last interview that he wants to play more this season and the Spaniard believes that he can make that wish happen at Arsenal.
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The 22-year-old was on the outskirts of the Real Madrid team for the majority of last season but he’s expected to get more first-team opportunities at Arsenal.
Dani Ceballos has spent two seasons at Real Madrid since joining from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Betis.
He was recently part of the Spanish team that won the European u21 Championship this summer.
Dani Ceballos and Spain beat Germany 2-1 in the final of the tournament hosted by Italy and San Marino.
The player would be a direct replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Gunners for Juventus this summer.
The Welsh international spent over a decade at Arsenal before leaving the club on a free transfer earlier this summer.
Guardiola, Rummenigge In Feud Over Arsenal Target
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his former employers at Bayern have been involved in a war of words over winger Leroy Sane.
Bayern Munich have been constantly linked with Manchester City winger Sane for the majority of this summer and their pursuit has led to some sort of tension between Guardiola and the Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Sane was previously linked to Arsenal at the earlier part of this summer’s transfer window.
On the pursuit of Sane, Pep Guardiola warned Bayern Munich to stay off his player during his press conference at the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge while responding to the Manchester City manager in an interview monitored by The Sun took a swipe at the Spanish tactician.
The Bayern Munich supremo implied that Pep Guardiola is not aware of a lot of things at Manchester City.
Leroy Sane is attracting serious interest from the German champions who are looking for wing replacements for veterans Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Ribery and Robben left the Bavarian giants at the end of last season shortly after they helped the team to a seventh successive league title.
Both players were on target in their final game for Bayern Munich.
Arsenal Dealt Big Blow In Wilfried Zaha Chase
North London giants Arsenal have received a major transfer setback in their quest to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the current transfer window.
According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are reluctant to sell the player to Arsenal unless the Gunners meet their £80m valuation.
The Eagles would only be interested in lowering their financial demands for a Champions League playing club.
Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the third successive season at the end of last season.
The Gunners finished outside the Champions League places at the end of last season.
Only the top four Premier League places guarantee Champions League football.
Arsenal missed out via a fifth-place finish at the end of the season.
The Gunners could have also qualified for Champions League football via the Europa League.
Arsenal were beaten 4-1 by London rivals Chelsea in the final of the competition.
Zaha has talked up his dream move to Arsenal having pointed out in one of his earlier interviews that he supported the North Londoners as a boy.
The 26-year-old has already told Crystal Palace officials that this summer is the right time for him to leave the club despite signing a new contract as early as last year.
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