Koscielny refuses to join Arsenals pre-season tour

39;We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions which are against our clear instructions'

39;We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions which are against our clear instructions'

The 33-year-old is desperate to return to France this summer and is trying to force through a move, with Bordeaux interested in the experienced defender.

Koscielny is now Arsenal's longest-serving player having joined the club nine years ago from Lorient. "We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time", the statement continued.

The retired France worldwide has made a total of 353 appearances for the Gunners, in which he's found the back of the net 27 times.

The club then have four more pre-season games before kicking off the Premier League season against Newcastle United on August 11.

Bordeaux are understood to have already offered him a lucrative two-year contract with an option of a third.

SunSport reports Koscielny's agent has held talks with Arsenal in an attempt to try and secure him a free transfer away.

The statement is as follows: "Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the U.S. for our pre-season tour".

Koscielny did not feature for the Gunners until December last season, spending seven months on the sidelines overcoming a serious Achilles injury suffered in Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid last May.

The Gunners are due to ramp up preparations for the new campaign with a friendly against Colorado Rapids in Denver and three International Champions Cup encounters but will do so without their captain.

In all, Koscielny has made 353 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 27 goals.

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