Arsenal defender rejected shocked offer from Euro giants

Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny has turned down a transfer approach from Monaco.

The French club have been looking for defensive reinforcements this month as they seek to climb from the relegation zone and remain five points from safety.

As such, Thierry Henry has sought to add further experience to his team during the January window.

A deal has already been agreed with Cesc Fabregas, to take the Spanish midfielder to the Stade Louis II – although French side must still agree a deal with the Blues.

Le10 Sport claims there was also an approach made to the Arsenal captain last month.

However, Laurent Koscielny, whose deal at Emirates has 18 months left to run, declined the offer as he is ready to make his return from the Achilles injury that kept him sidelined until December.

And amid injury concerns the 33-year-old has been a key man for Unai Emery’s team recently, featuring in four of the club’s last five Premier League outings.

Thierry Henry and Monaco subsequently switched their attention to Schalke’s veteran Brazilian Naldo, whose arrival has coincided with back-to-back successes in cup competitions.

Laurent Koscielny is understood to be in the Arsenal starting lineup for Saturday’s clash with West Ham at London Stadium.