The relationship between Arsenal and club captain, Laurent Koscielny, has been strained after the French defender was blasted by the North London side in a statement posted on its website on Thursday, July 11.
According to the statement, Arsenal expressed its disappointment at Koscielny for refusing to join the rest of the first team squad on the flight to the United States were the club will continue pre-season training.
“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,” Arsenal wrote in a brief statement posted on the club website on Thursday morning.
Arsenal will kick-off their USA tour with a match against the Colorado Rapids in a friendly on July 16 before taking part in the International Champions Cup with games against Bayern Munich on July 18, Fiorentina on July 20 and former European champions, Real Madrid, on July 24.
33-year-old Koscielny still has a year left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium though it has been rumoured for a few weeks that he is looking to bring an end to his nine years as a Gunner.
He joined Arsenal from Lorient in July 2010 for a reported £8.5 million and did not take long to establish himself as a key member of the first team.
Koscielny went on to make 353 appearances for Arsenal in his nine seasons with the club, scoring 27 goals along the way.
In that time, the former France international won two FA Cup titles in 2014 and 2015 as well as the League Cup in 2018.
However, last season saw Koscielny make only 29 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners as injuries hampered his availability for the first team.
And now, with rumours Koscielny has asked the club to allow him leave this summer for free, the defender was missing as the club boarded the flight to the United States.
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 11, 2019
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