Arsenal have confirmed that club captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.
It’s a decision by the 33-year-old that pretty much makes his position at the club untenable.
Koscielny is under contract at the Emirates for one more year and it’s been rumoured for quite a few weeks that he is looking to draw a line under nine years as a Gunner.
A very firm statement from the club reads: “Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.
“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.”
You can’t help but feel, the fallout from this is going to be very messy – was this statement strictly necessary?
Obviously, we can sell Koscielny, but that has a knock on effect for our other summer business, which includes trying to sell the likes of Shkodran Mustafi.
It’s a surprising and disappointing decision by Koscielny, but we’ll wait to hear his side of the story before making any further judgement.