Laurent Koscielny has refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America because he wants to leave the club, according to a statement on the club’s official website.
The club captain returned to training with the rest of the squad earlier this month but apparently doesn’t want to travel.
A club statement said: “Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour. 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.”
Many Arsenal fans swiftly took to Twitter in response to the news and the consensus was that the club captain should not be acting in this way in order to force a move.
Arsenal have been frequently accused of lacking leadership in recent years, but Koscielny has emerged as a strong presence in recent years, battling back from injury last season.
But this seems like a sour way to end his Gunners career and out of keeping with his character and everything the club would want from its captain.
Lol don’t want him anyway. Mustafi and Kosc gone please
— Hendrix (@ItsDrHassW) July 11, 2019
What’s the inside story on this ? This is completely out of character … not great that the club has aired dirty laundry in public also
— Brian (@Brianchav) July 11, 2019
Can all but assume captains armband has been taken off him now.
— gunner27 (@giordy271) July 11, 2019
Wants to leave clearly let him go
— James Hodsgon (@jhodgson29) July 11, 2019
Get him out 😠
— Surin Hirani (@surin96) July 11, 2019
please quietly get him off our wage list🚶🏿♂️🚶🏿♂️
— @victor (@chibuikeokere) July 11, 2019
Unprofessional from Laurent who has been a fine servant right uptill now. This might not go down well with fans.
— Tejas (@tejarane) July 11, 2019
Absolutely shocking from our “club captain”, this will leave a sour taste in our mouthes once he leaves
— Carmelo Lofaro (@melo_lofaro) July 11, 2019
Get him out, he's useless anyway
— James Tall (@JTall99) July 11, 2019
Great! Hopefully we can sell him this summer, the guy has been an absolute liability for years now, was never good enough. His lack of talent has only been disguised because of the other terrible defenders around him. Never sat well with me that he was our club captain
— Gus (@Gus_R85) July 11, 2019
— Ntanda Shakur (@NtandaShakur3) July 11, 2019
this is some ppls captain ? that we should treat with respect?
— mtrnica (@MTRNICA) July 11, 2019