Recently, Laurent Koscielny has pulled lot of backlashes from fans over his refuser to embark on the Arsenal’s pre-season Us tour. The 33-year-old centre-half is believed to have his heart set on a return to his native France, with Lyon, Bordeaux and Rennes possible destinations.
Koscielny has one year to run on his Arsenal contract and he wants to be released from that obligation this summer and permitted to leave as a free agent but his behaviour has drawn a furious response from the club, who took the unusual step of releasing a statement to condemn him publicly.
statement as issued by the management:
“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour,” they wrote. “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.”
It has emerged that discussions over Koscielny’s future have been taking place since before the end of last season, although they have escalated since his return to pre-season training last Friday, with the threat being made about him refusing to travel to the US unless his wishes were met.
Arsenal were not sure as to whether he would see it through but they know now. Koscielny reported for training on Thursday morning only to inform the club that he would not board the team flight to Los Angeles, which departed at 12.30pm. Arsenal begin their tour with a game against Colorado Rapids on Monday night and thereafter they face Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.
Arsenal’s position is that they simply cannot have players walking out on their contracts, particularly key ones like Koscielny. As a captain of the clup this is sure a clear bad example to other players. They say that they have had no official contact from rival clubs regarding him.