Arsenal angry Koscielny defied 'clear instructions' to snub tour

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

Koscielny shocked fans this week after it was revealed he had refused to join Arsenal on their pre-season tour of the USA.

The France global has made 27 appearances in all competitions this campaign for the Gunners as injury hampered his season.

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

Koscielny, 33, arrived with no luggage and immediately met the club's new technical director Edu - who is on his first day in the new job. A player who has led this team for many years and contributed so heavily to their mild successes now turning against the club that made him who he is today, is a sight nobody ever wants to see.

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Earlier on Thursday, we covered claims that Rennes were "hottest" on the trail for wantaway Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny, despite interest from Bordeaux.

And Wright feels the whole situation with Koscielny is a bad example for the youngsters at the club and urged Arsenal to fix it up before the start of the season.

Koscielny spent a fair chunk of a year ago recovering from a ruptured achilles tendon which left him sidelined for about six months.

However, Laurent Koscielny is now desperate to leave Arsenal, a club which he has captained for four years.

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Unai Emery will have to potentially replace Laurent Koscielny for the upcoming season. He is likely to be phased out by the Gunners slowly should he remain with the club.

"I think there's a whole list of players that have left Arsenal".

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

In a statement released shortly after the incident, Arsenal said: "We are working closely with Bochum and Jordi and we are giving him our full support".

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