Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal captain REFUSES to go on pre-season tour as he seeks to leave club this summer - USA DAILY NEWS

Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal captain REFUSES to go on pre-season tour as he seeks to leave club this summer

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The Gunners released a statement criticising their skipper for his refusal to travel to the United States

Arsenal have hit out at captain Laurent Koscielny for refusing to take part in their pre-season tour of the United States.

The France defender, 33, reportedly wants to return to his homeland this summer having entered the final year of his contract in north London.

Koscielny reportedly wants to leave Arsenal this summer to secure his future in the final stages of his career

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Koscielny reportedly wants to leave Arsenal this summer to secure his future in the final stages of his career

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He is said to have been offered a three-year deal by Bordeaux, with other Ligue 1 clubs also taking an interest in the former Lorient ace.

Nonetheless, he was expected to be part of the squad flying to the USA on Thursday – but Arsenal confirmed on Thursday Koscielny will stay behind.

Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour,” a short statement on the club’s official website read.

“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.

“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”

Arsenal are now expected to open disciplinary proceedings against Koscielny, who is one of the most experienced players in Unai Emery’s squad having first moved to the Emirates nine years ago.

He joined from Lorient in July 2010 and quickly established himself as a key player for the Gunners, going on to make at least 30 appearances in every season up until his injury-hit 2018/19 campaign.

Koscielny was named Arsenal’s permanent captain last summer, having deputised for the oft injured Per Mertesacker the prior campaign.

Arsenal confirmed their travelling squad for the pre-season trip to the United States shortly after announcing Koscienly’s absence.

Emery has opted to include 29 players in his squad, including Arsenal’s only signing of the summer so far, Gabriel Martinelli.

Youngsters such as Tyreece John-Jules, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe will also travel to the US, along with a large number of regular first-teamers like Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.

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