Laurent Koscielny’s dissatisfaction with Arsenal extends beyond his desire to return to France after nine years in north London.
The 33-year-old has 12 months remaining on his current contract but is said to believe an agreement was in place that would allow him to leave this summer following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Koscielny believes Arsenal have reneged on that promise and is reportedly considering the option of buying out the remainder of his current £90,000-a-week deal and engineer a return to his homeland where the likes of Lyon and Bordeaux are interested in his services.
An ugly situation came to a head on Wednesday morning when, according to BBC reporter David Ornstein, via the Arseblog podcast, Koscielny informed Unai Emery he would not travel with the rest of the squad to America for the club’s pre-season tour.
Emery was said to be furious with the club captain’s conduct and immediately informed head of football Raul Sanllehi, who took the decision to issue a statement condemning the player’s actions.