Arsenal have announced that Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel with the squad to the United States for their pre-season tour.
The captain was expected to be part of the squad set to fly to the U.S on Thursday but the club have confirmed the Frenchman will stay behind.
Reports suggests the 33-year-old wants to return to France and has asked the club to release him from his contract, which has one year to expiry.
Arsenal wrote in a statement:
“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.
“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.
“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”
Unai Emery still considers the defender an important player, having made 29 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions last season.
Koscielny has featured in 255 Premier League games for Arsenal up to date, scoring 22 goals since joining from Lorient for £10m in 2010.
Meanwhile, The Gunners are close agreeing a deal for St. Etienne’s centre-back Willian Saliba (18). However, the defender will be loaned back to the French side, meaning he would be part of Emery’s side next season.
Arsenal will play Bayern Munich in Carson, California on July 18 to kick off their pre-season tour. This will be followed by games against Fiorentina on July 20 and another against Real Madrid on July 24.