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Arsenal boss Unai Emery told why he cannot let ‘absolute disgrace’ Laurent Koscielny go

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Arsenal revealed on Thursday that captain Koscielny had refused to join up with his team-mates for their three-game tour pre-season tour of the United States, where they face Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.

Arsenal do not want to lose Koscielny on a free transfer given their current financial struggles and it has even been suggested the veteran could buy out his £90,000-a-week contract at the Emirates in order to seal a switch.

Groves, who spent six years at Arsenal and won two league titles, insists Emery must come down hard on Koscielny given his unprofessional actions but insists his former club cannot afford to lose the defender on a free given how difficult they would find it to replace him.

Teenage centre-back Saliba could be a long-term replacement for Koscielny but Tottenham have emerged as rivals for the player's signature just as it appeared Arsenal were set to agree to a £27m deal that would see him loaned back to the Ligue 1 club next season and allow the Premier League side to pay his fee in instalments, allowing Emery's other business not to be overly restricted.

"My captain, my a**e," Grave said on talkSPORT: "I'll just read out a quote: 'I don't believe any French player would have refused to come and play for Arsenal. It took me four years to go from the bench of Ligue 2 to Arsenal, so it is a great achievement. I have been on the crest of a wave for the last few years but it is just the beginning, I haven't proved anything yet. Arsenal is a reference for football.'".

"They're in a very small minority of people who love what you're doing and get paid, he's been paid handsomely for nine years at Arsenal whether he's been injured or out of form, they stuck by him."

"For him to try and force a move away from Arsenal is an absolute disgrace. They should fine him and strip him of the captaincy."

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