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Laurent Koscielny: The Reasons Why Arsenal Skipper Is Looking to Leave North London

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?Laurent Koscielny refused to travel with Arsenal for their pre-season tour to America after becoming frustrated with the direction that the club is heading in, as well as the way his return from injury was handled last season.

"We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions," the statement began.

This has left Koscielny questioning the club's ambition, as they prepare for their third straight year in the Europa League next season.

Koscielny was forced to miss France's triumphant World Cup campaign in 2018 with the issue, but was brought back in to the Arsenal Yet he played twice in three days upon his return, a feat that he was asked to do a further five times in the remainder of the season due to Arsenal's lack of defensive options.

The French central defender failed to board the flight which left on Thursday, after reportedly informing manager Unai Emery the previous day of his feelings.

The experienced defender is believed to feel that this was an unnecessary risk, leading to further friction between himself and the manager.

Moves for Wilfried Zaha  and Kieran Tierney have also been rejected, meaning that Arsenal are set to enter the new season with a similar squad to that which fell short domestically and in Europe last year.
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