Arsenal shocked their fans yesterday morning by releasing a statement regarding Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny, who refused to join up with the rest of the squad for their pre-season tour in the US.
“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.”
Gooners have been crying out for a new centre-half to join the club, but now with the news that Koscielny will not be travelling, many fans are disappointed with the club captain’s surprise decision.
Koscielny is regarded as a great professional, a role model for some and has been at Arsenal for the past nine years.
But is there more to this than meets the eye?
Remember early on in the season, when Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation was still in the air, the media were reporting information about the new Juventus star wanting more money.
This then made Aaron Ramsey seem like the villain, when in the end, it turned out that it wasn’t even his fault. Ramsey went on to say: “Everything has been going great with the club – we thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case.”
It seems that Koscielny wants to leave Arsenal and return to his homeland, France. The Arsenal skipper is reportedly earning £90,000 a week. This indicates that Koscielny isn’t after more money, because no one in France apart from PSG, would pay that sort of money for a 33 year-old player.
Reports suggest tensions between the centre-back and the Gunners hierarchy have been brewing for several months – but after going back on their word with a reduced offer the Frenchman has demanded to leave and go back to France.
Koscielny will almost certainly be stripped of the captaincy now and forced to train with the academy players until his future is resolved. It’s ultimately a sad ending to the defender’s career after nine years in north London.