Arsenal ‘agree deal’ for Laurent Koscielny transfer to Bordeaux as Gunners skipper finally gets wish to leave club


ARSENAL have agreed a deal with Bordeaux for the transfer of wantaway captain Laurent Koscielny, according to reports.

Koscielny refused to go on the Gunners’ pre-season tour of the United States last month and has been demanding a move back to France.

Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal with Bordeaux for the transfer of wantaway captain Laurent Koscielny

Unai Emery attempted to get the Frenchman to enter peace talks in a bid to get him to remain in North London.

But Koscielny, 33, snubbed the offer because he is hellbent on returning to his homeland – and it looks like he has finally got his wish with Bordeaux, according to Get French Football News.

The Ligue 1 side have been trying to bring in Koscielny – who was preparing for a legal battle with his employers after being told to take a 50 per cent pay cut – on a three-year deal.

But they faced competition from Rennes for the veteran defender, who it was last month claimed had agreed terms with Koscielny.

But that looks to have fallen by the wayside now, with Bordeaux apparently beating fellow French top flight rivals Lyon to land the former Lorient star.

Koscielny’s desire to leave Arsenal – and the manner in which he went about it – shocked everyone affiliated with the Emirates side, including former boss Arsene Wenger.

The ex-Gunners chief said: “I am very surprised by the current situation.

“I do not know the whole story, but Laurent’s behaviour with me has always been beyond reproach.

“I think highly of Laurent as a man.”

Koscielny, who has made over 300 appearances for Arsenal is believed to have made it clear to club chiefs that he had absolutely no intention of ever playing for them again.

He was furious by Arsenal’s stance on a new contract and wanted an extra year on top of his existing 12 months.

But the club would only offer a performance-related deal.

Koscielny, who has won three FA Cups with Arsenal since joining in 2010, has been training with the under-23s since then.


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