Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refuses to join pre-season tour

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal have named their 29-man travelling squad for the club's summer tour of the United States, with captain Laurent Koscielny a notable absentee after the defender refused to travel.

Unai Emery appeared to have lined up the ideal long-term replacement for the France global.

Arsenal wanted Koscielny to stay for the final season of his contract, but with the skipper being offered a two-year deal with an option of a third by Bordeaux, he wants longer-term security.

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

Koscielny is seemingly keen to make a move back to France, but as it stands, he's still one of the best defenders at Arsenal, and that could remain the case unless reinforcements are brought in. "We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time", the statement continued.

Koscielny is pushing for a move away from Arsenal with Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon all interested in the 33-year-old.

Arsenal chiefs have been made well aware of Koscielny's desire to leave in the past week, but he is demanding that they release him on a free transfer - something the Gunners will not agree to.

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).

His compatriot, teenage centre-back William Saliba, is on the cusp of completing a transfer to Emirates Stadium, but is expected to then return to Saint-Etienne on loan.



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