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Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny refuses to join pre-season tour

Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny refuses to join pre-season tour”

Sky Sports News understands Koscielny wants to return to France and has asked Arsenal to release him from his contract, which has one year remaining.

But Arsenal have stood firm and, upon their refusal to grant the former France global a free transfer, Koscielny responded by not joining his team-mates in the USA.

In total, the France global has made 255 appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League, scoring 22 goals since joining from French side Lorient for £10m in July 2010.

"We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions", said Arsenal.

Koscielny's future is now in doubt ahead of the season opener at Newcastle on August 11 and the situation may leave Arsenal needing to recruit another centre-back in the transfer window. "We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time".

Ligue 1 sides Lyon and Bordeaux have been linked with the 33-year-old former France global, as have Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal are set to face MLS side Colorado Rapids in a friendly match on July 16 to kick-off their pre-season tour in the United States, while they'll also face Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup later this month.

Koscielny didn't come back into the team until mid-December last season due the Achilles injury that ruled him out of the World Cup in Russian Federation a year ago.

He would go on to make 353 appearances for the club, registering 27 goals.



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