Koscielny refuses to travel with Arsenal on pre-season tour

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel on the club's pre-season tour of the United States

Arsenal say they are "very disappointed" in Laurent Koscielny after confirming the defender has refused to travel on their pre-season tour of the United States.

The 33-year-old was due to fly out to the US with the rest of the squad on Thursday but the club announced earlier in the day that the defender would not be travelling.

In an official statement, the Gunners said: "Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the U.S. for our pre-season tour".

The Arsenal skipper's refusal to travel to America, which appears to be an attempt to force through a move away from north London, will have given Emery an unwelcome headache. If a right offer is placed on the table, Unai Emery will happily cash in on him albeit losing him for nothing while battling out with financial difficulties.

In total, the France global has made 255 appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League, scoring 22 goals since joining from French side Lorient for £10m in July 2010.

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Arsenal says it was working to resolve the matter.

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Koscielny made 17 appearances in the Premier League last season after returning from a long-term Achilles injury in December.

Arsenal are set to play Colorado Rapids, who are also owned by the club's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, on Monday before facing Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

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