Why Arsenal star refused to join club on United States pre season tour

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refuses to join squad for pre-season tour to USA

The Gunners announced on their website their disappointment in the former France global after he refused to take part in the club's pre-season tour, leading the press across the Channel to make a few phone calls.

The big story out of Arsenal yesterday was the club confirming on their official website that Laurent Koscielny would not be going on the pre-season tour.

Koscielny reportedly wanted a 12-month extension on his current deal that would keep him in north London until 2021.

"We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any future comment at his time".

This could leave Arsenal with just Sokratis and Mavropanos as the only fit centre backs at the club.

Koscielny's decision to not turn up for preseason will surely see him stripped of the captaincy, but it also gives Unai Emery an unwanted headache. A £27 million (€34m) deal has been agreed for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, but he will spend the coming season back in France on loan with his former club.

It it the summer of player rebellions and Arsenal is the latest team to experience it as Laurent Koscielny wants out of Arsenal and is holding out in an effort to force a move.

However, in recent years injuries have hit him hard and although nobody really points the finger towards him with regards to Arsenal's recent defensive frailties, Koscielny has been to blame with some major errors.

The Gunners are working to a tight budget this summer and are understandably keen not to commit much of it to a player who will not be part of Emery's squad for the coming season. Then again, you can not let one player dictate your transfer dealings as they sets a poor precedent.

Arsenal also released a statement about the situation.

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