Unai Emery doesn’t expect Laurent Koscielny to be part of his plans this season but says he’s leaving a final decision on the Frenchman’s Arsenal future to the people above him.
The Spaniard says he has respect for the Frenchman although it seems pretty obvious he’s seething inside about the way his captain has behaved.
Koscielny informed the club that he would not travel on the pre-season tour of the US because he wants to leave the Emirates despite being under contract for another year.
“I’ve spoken about him, with respect to him,” said Emery after Arsenal’s penalty shootout defeat to Real Madrid in Washington DC.
“I tried to be with us in the position here and continue working and finding one solution between the club, between him and us.
“When he decided not to come here with us on tour, the solution is now only for the club and him.
“He decided to be out. I respect him but I have a responsibility, he has a responsibility, and the club have their responsibility.
“Now it’s one issue only for the club and him. My idea is to continue with the players we are working with, and the players that want to be here.”
Ligue 1 sides Rennes and Bordeaux are said to be interested in signing Koscielny although both have denied having an agreement with the 33-year-old and neither want to pay Arsenal’s £10 million asking price.