By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he rejected the chance to leave Arsenal because he feared being on the bench like some of his former team-mates.
The experiences of Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas and Bacary Sagna were key to Koscielny ignoring advances from rival clubs during his Gunners career.
The France international joined Arsenal from Lorient in the summer of 2010 and has developed into one of the outstanding centre-backs in the Premier League.
Koscielny has been courted by the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-German during his six years at Emirates Stadium but has explained why he felt the grass was not greener elsewhere.
“There were teams interested in me but I always asked myself if it was worth taking the risk,” Koscielny told Journal du Dimanche. “I’ve seen a good few players leave for a bigger club and find themselves on the substitutes (bench).
“At the start of my career I was often on the bench. I hated it. I said to myself ‘never again’.
“For the moment, I have no reason to go and look elsewhere. I have everything I need to develop myself.”
Adebayor left Arsenal in 2009, a year before Koscielny joined, and had a disastrous three-year spell at Manchester City, where he spent much of the time frozen out from the first-team set-up.
Fabregas was Arsenal captain before he quit for Barcelona in 2011 and although he hoovered up trophies at boyhood club Barcelona and was a key squad member, he was often overlooked for the marquee matches.
Sagna was a first-team regular at the Gunners before joining City on a free transfer in 2014 and spent his first season deputising for Pablo Zabaleta.