The two reasons Laurent Koscielny is annoyed with Arsenal and Unai Emery

first_imgLaurent Koscielny suffered a career threatening Achilles injury in May 2018 (Picture: Getty)According to Ornstein, however, Koscielny’s ire dates back to last season, believing he was overworked and his schedule mismanaged upon his return from a career threatening Achilles injury suffered in May 2018.The former Lorient centre-half made his return to first team action on December 13 against FK Qarabag and was forced to play again three days later at Southampton, a game in which he made several costly errors during a 3-2 defeat.Koscielny was subsequently asked on five other occasions to play twice within three days and put his body on the line in an attempt to help secure Champions League qualification.Talks were held before the end of last season over a contract extension as it appeared almost certain that Arsenal would return to Europe’s elite club competition, but a dismal end to the campaign, culminating in a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Baku, has dramatically changed the landscape for club and player alike.Ornstein claims Koscielny is dismayed at the direction the club is headed in with only one signing having been made during the close season.Arsenal announced the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli last week, but hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace remain remote, while a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney appears to have stalled.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Laurent Koscielny has refused to take part in Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)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.AdvertisementAdvertisementAn 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.ADVERTISEMENT The two reasons Laurent Koscielny is annoyed with Arsenal and Unai Emery Advertisement 1 min. story More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery 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.It read: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’ Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jul 2019 8:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link580Shares Video Settings About Connatix V67539 PLAY Commentlast_img

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