Arsenal Captain Laurent Koscielny Refuses to Travel on Pre-Season Tour

Arsenal's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny attend a training session at Arsenal's London Colney training centre in St. Albans

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny refuses to travel with the team for a soccer tour in the United States.

Koscielny is pushing for a move away from Arsenal with Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon all interested in the 33-year-old.

Arsenal confirmed the news in a statement that said: "We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions".

Bordeaux are understood to have already offered him a lucrative two-year contract with an option of a third.

In an official statement released by the club, it stated about the disappointing action from their trendsetter and avowed not to produce any further statement until the resolvement.

The 33-year-old France global is out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 season and is a reported target for French clubs Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon.

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This stance has clearly angered Koscielny, who believes after nine years of service he deserves to leave on his terms.

Arsenal says it was working to resolve the matter.

First up, the Gunners are to face MLS side Colorado Rapids on 15 July, followed by further tour games against Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid in Los Angeles, Charlotte and Washington DC respectively.

Talks will continue with Koscielny during the next fortnight at London Colney to try and find a resolution to the situation, which is an issue Arsenal could do without during what has already been a frustrating summer.

The Gunners are closing in on a deal to sign French youngster William Saliba from Saint-Etienne for $34 million then loan him back to the Ligue 1 club.

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