Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Arsenal captain Koscielny refuses to travel on pre-season tour

Arsenal captain Koscielny refuses to travel on pre-season tour

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour to the United States, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

It is believed Koscielny asked to be released from his contract a year early to head back to France, but that request was turned down and Arsenal's captain has now chose to take this drastic step.

"We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions." the statement read on Arsenal's official website.

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 future comment at his time".

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Arsenal are close to finalising a £27million deal for Saint Etienne centre-back William Saliba, but it is thought he will be loaned back to the French outfit for the 19/20 campaign.

Due to Koscielny's age and injury record, Arsenal's offer involved a lower basic salary than his current £120,000-per-week and included performance-related bonuses. Koscielny, who is expected to be hit with a hefty fine, will be stripped of captaincy and will be made to train with Arsenal's kids after his decision to turn his back on his employers. In short, he was the rock that held Arsenal together for many years.

The Gunners captain was expected to leave the club this summer after failing to make an impact under Unai Emery last season but the club are not too keen to let him leave without receiving a transfer fee. Then again, you can not let one player dictate your transfer dealings as they sets a poor precedent.

For a player of Koscielny's stature in the Arsenal dressing room, this can be classed as nothing but a disappointment.

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