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Laurent Koscielny’s representatives panned by Arsenal legend Ian Wright | Football News

Last Updated: 12/07/19 6:31pm

Laurent Koscielny is keen to leave Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny is keen to leave Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny is keen to leave Arsenal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes captain Laurent Koscielny is threatening to ruin his “legacy” at the club after refusing to go on the pre-season tour of the USA.

The 33-year-old was due to fly out to the USA with the rest of the squad on Thursday but the club announced that the defender would not be travelling.

Sky sources understand Koscielny, whose contract runs until next year, made it clear to the club that he wished to be released this summer in order to sign for another club.

But Arsenal stood firm and refused to grant the former France international a free transfer.

Koscielny joined Arsenal from Ligue 1 side Lorient in 2010 Koscielny joined Arsenal from Ligue 1 side Lorient in 2010

Koscielny joined Arsenal from Ligue 1 side Lorient in 2010

Arsenal are now set to take disciplinary action against their club captain, Sky sources understand.

Wright is confounded at the timing of the furore surrounding Koscielny as Arsenal aim to challenge for a top-four place when the Premier League gets underway on August 9.

Speaking on his own YouTube channel, Wright said: “He’s given us unbelievable service, we’ve seen him play through pain and build a legacy and legendary status he deserves.

Koscielny returned in December after seven months out with an Achilles injury Koscielny returned in December after seven months out with an Achilles injury

Koscielny returned in December after seven months out with an Achilles injury

“It’s the time in the season where everybody is meant to be together. We are in for a tough season, a transitional period, we need a lot of catching up.

“For our captain to refuse to go on a pre-season tour after nine years of unbelievable service, to destroy your legacy a little by refusing to play for a club is something that is baffling me.

“Why Laurent? Who are your advisers and what are they saying to you?

Ian Wright says Koscielny has made a 'poor decision' by not joining Arsenal's tour Ian Wright says Koscielny has made a 'poor decision' by not joining Arsenal's tour

Ian Wright says Koscielny has made a ‘poor decision’ by not joining Arsenal’s tour

“I am so disappointed in your decision to do this at this time, if your agent sees this, and I hope they do, shame on you, shame on you, for doing this to him and convincing him. No way you can tell me he will come up with this on his own.

“You’re the one we chose as our captain, our leader, and now we’re going into pre-season with our captain refusing to go on the tour.

Wright scored 185 goals in 288 Arsenal appearances Wright scored 185 goals in 288 Arsenal appearances

Wright scored 185 goals in 288 Arsenal appearances

“This is something I cannot get my head around and I pray to god it can be resolved sooner rather than later.

“It doesn’t set a good example, Arsenal need to do something quick and disciplinary. I love you Laurent but this is a poor decision.”

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