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Koscielny refuses to travel with Arsenal on United States tour

Koscielny refuses to travel with Arsenal on United States tour

To do this, he has refused to show up to the Gunners' preseason tour of the US, and caused quite the stir among the fanbase along the way.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal had been in no rush to extend Koscielny's current contract which is into its final year, and as a result, he has been the subject of much interest from a number of Ligue 1 clubs including Rennes and Lyon.

A statement released by the Gunners on Thursday morning revealed their captain had refused to travel to the U.S. for their pre-season tour.

It is believed Koscielny asked to be released from his contract a year early to head back to France, but that request was turned down and Arsenal's captain has now chose to take this drastic step.

Benge claims that it is "almost certain" the 33-year-old will be stripped of the armband.

Koscielny made 17 appearances in the Premier League last season after returning from a long-term Achilles injury in December.

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Arsenal are due to play four games while on their tour to the United States.

"Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the USA for our pre-season tour", Arsenal wrote.

"We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time". It is on the Arsenal side that things are blocked.' L'Équipe also report that Bordeaux have been trying to sign the defender since April. French club Bordeaux are believed to have offered the defender a three-year deal to bring him back to his home nation.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have condemned "unacceptable racial abuse" suffered by 20-year-old Jordi Osei-Tutu, who is on loan from the north London club at German side VfL Bochum.

The club had earlier released a statement condemning Koscielny's decision not to go.


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