Laurent Koscielny has gone some way to explaining his departure from the club in a message on Instagram, after his move to Bordeaux was confirmed earlier today.
We say some way, because he sort of went at it, then slide tackled himself, before booting the ball upfield.
Which is to say that it’s not the most coherent farewell message you’ll ever read from a player, but in any case, here’s what he had to say:
As you know I engaged with @girondins [Bordeaux]. After 9 years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave.
I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up.
This experience made me the player I am today. My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my teammates, my coach, and it has been a well thought decision.
I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man.
However I hope you understand, and in any case I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal.
I am aware of everything that the club and you supporters have brought to me. But it is time for me to go home so today my will is to join the @girondins. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination.
The past is now the past. We have to look to the future, and ensure we have sufficient defensive strength to start the new season.
Links with Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani continue, but there’s not a lot of time left to get deals done.
Meanwhile, also on Instagram, Alexandre Lacazette says:
Thanks Captain , it’s been a pleasure and an honor to play 2 years alongside you ??? #respect