Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refuses to travel on pre-season tour

Arsenal's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny attend a training session at Arsenal's London Colney training centre in St. Albans

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refuses to travel on pre-season tour

"Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the USA for our pre-season tour", said Arsenal.

Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny shocked football fans after he refused to join his teammates on the club's tour to United States (US), and the reason has now been revealed.

Arsenal said they were "very disappointed by Laurent's actions" as rumours started to swirl about a potential return to his native France for the 33-year-old.

Last season Koscielny played 30 times for the club in all competitions, including one appearance for the under-21s.

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.

The Gunners have released a statement after the refusal of the Skipper Laurent Koscielny to involve in the pre-season tour.

The centre-back suffered a serious knee injury against Atletico Madrid in May 2018, ruling him out of France's victorious World Cup winning campaign that summer, before he returned to action last December.

Being thin at the back as it is, Arsenal can not afford to lose him but they also can not have a player on their team who clearly does not want to be there.

Bordeaux's new manager Paulo Sousa was reported to have made Koscielny a "priority" this summer, wanting to use his experience and leadership to guide the club to help the club return to its once prominent role in the league.

This is despite Koscielny still having a year left on his original deal. The club were reportedly willing to let Koscielny go, but only for a transfer fee, whilst the player was looking for a mutual termination of his contract, which would see him leave for a free transfer.

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