Koscielny refuses to travel with Arsenal on USA tour

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

"We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions." the statement read on Arsenal's official website. "We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time", the English Premier League club said in a statement on Thursday.

Koscielny, who joined Arsenal in 2010 and has made more than 350 appearances for them, is out of contract at the end of the 2019/20 season. Arsenal has done nothing wrong here as it will want to receive atleast a small fee in order to let go of the 33-year-old as that amount can still be used in important matters like completing the deal of Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal fans have since been wondering what could have happened behind the scenes for Koscielny to outright refuse to travel.

Now his first task will be to liaise with head of football Raul Sanllehi and the club's legal and HR teams about what action to take against Koscielny.

Unai Emery has limited transfer funds this summer and has so far prioritised a pursuit of Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

Shokdran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers, Dinos Mavropanos and Sokratis are Arsenal's current options at center back, but there's no doubt Koscielny would have been a starter alongside Sokratis this season.

They also believe that another year playing regularly in Ligue 1 will ensure Saliba is ready to hit the ground running when he finally makes the move to England next summer. They have also been invited to be this year's opposition in Barcelona's annual Joan Gamper Trophy, to be played at Camp Nou on 4 August.

Koscielny subsequently became club captain under former boss Arsene Wenger.

He has an offer from Bordeaux and has been requesting Arsenal terminate his contract, which has a year left, as it would allow him to leave on a free transfer. Then again, you can not let one player dictate your transfer dealings as they sets a poor precedent.

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