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Arsene Wenger has presided over his final match in charge of Arsenal, with attention now turning to who will be chosen to replace the long-serving Frenchman in what will be a crucial appointment for the Gunners.

Having conceded a staggering 51 goals in the Premier League this season, some 12 more than any of the other six teams who have qualified for Europe, it is obvious that whoever comes in will have to start building from the back.

Surgery on the ruptured Achilles tendon that he suffered at Atletico Madrid means that Laurent Koscielny will be unavailable for at least six months, so reports that the North London outfit are plotting a move for Kalidou Koulibaly should come as no great surprise.

The powerful centre-back has been an absolute revelation since signing for Napoli in the summer of 2014, with Sunday’s clean sheet at Sampdoria making it 50 during his career in the Italian top-flight:

During the same period, Koscielny has managed 42 shutouts of his own in the Premier League, and it is easy to see the two men forming a formidable defensive partnership once the Frenchman returns from injury.

At just 26, Koulibaly’s best years as a centre-back would appear to be ahead of him, whilst the fact that Napoli conceded 0.8 more goals per game when the Senegalese international was missing in 2016/17 tells you all you need to know about his leadership qualities:


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