Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Koscielny refuses to join Arsenal's pre-season tour

Koscielny refuses to join Arsenal's pre-season tour

Koscielny joined Arsenal from FC Lorient in 2010 for an undisclosed fee.

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel on the club's pre-season tour of the United States after a request to have his contract cancelled was rejected, PA understands.

In an official statement released by the club, it stated about the disappointing action from their trendsetter and avowed not to produce any further statement until the resolvement.

Bordeaux have reportedly offered the centre-back a three-year deal, an offer he's said to be keen to take up.

Koscielny, 33, arrived with no luggage and immediately met with the club's new technical director Edu - who is on his first day in the new job.

Arsenal, however, are standing firm and have already started disciplinary proceedings against their captain following his shock decision.

"We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions", a club statement read.

Arsenal have slammed Koscielny in an official statement, as the club have now opened disciplinary proceedings against the French worldwide. "We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time".

The Gunners begin their pre-season campaign against Colorado Rapids on July 16 before facing Bayern Munich, Roma and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

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The Gunners are closing in on a deal to sign French youngster William Saliba from Saint-Etienne for $34 million then loan him back to the Ligue 1 club.

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