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Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refuses to join pre-season tour

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 11:44, 11 July 2019

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to join the Gunners’ pre-season tour of the United States.

The 33-year-old French central defender joined the Gunners from FC Lorient in 2010 and has been linked with a move away from north London this summer.

Unai Emery’s men  are set to play four matches across in America eight days starting with a friendly with Colorado Rapids on July 16.

Following their meeting with the MLS outfit there are International Champions Cup contests against Bayern Munich (July 18), AS Roma (July 20) and Real Madrid (July 24).

Heading into his second campaign as manager Emery was counting on Koscielny, whose present contract expires in June 2020, but the Tulle-born defender has decided to skip their US trip.

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“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions,” a club statement read.

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

The present situation. Five key things to know…

  • Koscielny joined Arsenal from FC Lorient in 2010 for an undisclosed fee.
  • He would go on to make 353 appearances for the club, registering 27 goals.
  • Koscielny subsequently became club captain under former boss Arsene Wenger.
  • His present deal expires in June 2020.
  • Koscielny is reportedly keen to leave for pastures new.