Unai Emery is keen to keep Laurent Koscielny at the Emirates, adding he is “fighting to convince” the Frenchman to stay.
Koscielny refused to travel for Arsenal's pre-season tour as he is looking to seal a move back to France, and he has reportedly asked the north London side to release him from his contract, which expires in a year's time.
According to Sky Sports, French side Rennes have reignited their interest in Koscielny, but are yet to meet Arsenal's valuation for the 33-year-old centre-back.
But, Emery is optimistic about the situation and says he hasn't lost his hope that Koscielny will continue to play his trade with the Gunners.
"Now it is between the club and him. I fight to convince him, but I respect his decision, a very personal decision, and that situation can only manage with one argument," said Emery skysports.com quoted.
"I haven't lost my hope that he will be with us next year. But at the moment his decision is to leave and we are also thinking if we can improve with other players and how we can help with him.
"But at the moment his decision is to leave and we are also thinking if we can improve with other players and how we can help with him."
"With respect it's better for us, it's better for the team, and it's changing our idea with the centre back, because if he is here with us this season, it's very different than if he isn't with us.
"At the moment it's a very personal decision, and we are respecting that. I am speaking with him and we are going to find the best solution, but overall we need a player like him."