Gunners lose long-serving defender

English Premier League

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is set to join French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

The Gunners announced the news today with the following statement: 'Laurent Koscielny is leaving us to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

'The centre-back has made 353 appearances for us since signing from Lorient in 2010. He was part of our Emirates FA Cup-winning squads in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

'Laurent, who started his career in the French second division at Guingamp in 2004, has played 51 matches for France and was entering the final year of his current contract with us. We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms.

'We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future. The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.'

Manager Unai Emery is actively looking to sign a central defender before the English transfer window closes on Thursday.

Emery recently denied reports the London club would be signing former Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.