Laurent Koscielny refuses to join Arsenal’s US pre-season tour

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour to the United States, the English Premier League club said yesterday.

The 33-year-old French centre-back has one more year on his contract and British media reported that Ligue 1 clubs Bordeaux and Lyon are interested in signing him.

"Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour," Arsenal said in a statement.

"We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions."

Koscielny, who joined Arsenal from French side Lorient in 2010, has made over 350 appearances for the Gunners. - REUTERS