Unai Emery makes it brutally clear there is no way back for Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal


Unai Emery has made it clear there is no way back for Laurent Koscielny.

Emery insisted Koscielny will have to continue training with Arsenal ’s under-23s even when they return to London after their US tour.

It was a brutal message to the Arsenal captain who went on strike and refused to travel to the United States after a bitter row over a new contract.

Arsenal are ready to sell 33-year-old Koscielny even though it will leave them short of defenders with Emery seemingly determined to dig his heels in.

Gunners boss Emery, talking after Arsenal lost their final game of their US tour to Real Madrid on penalties, said: “I spoke about him with respect to him.

Emery insists there is no way back for Koscielny

“I tried for him to be with us in the pre-season here and to continue working to find a solution between the club, between him and between us.

“When he decided not to stay with us here in the tour, the solution now is only for the club and him because he decided to be out of the team in pre-season.

“I respect him, but we have responsibility, he has his responsibility and the club has their responsibility and I have my responsibility. And now it is one issue only for the club and for him. My idea is continuing with the players we are working with and the players that want to be here.”

Bordeaux are leading the chase for Koscielny and are offering him a three year deal with the ex-France defender only having one year left on his Arsenal contract.

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Koscielny refused to travel with Arsenal to the US

It was a bad start to Arsenal’s tour but they finished in the United States having beaten Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and then losing to Real Madrid on penalties.

The Real Madrid game was a bit of a farce as both teams had a player sent off with Nacho and Sokratis seeing red for two bookable offences.

Arsenal raced into a two goal lead through Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio took it to penalties.

Emery said: “Really we are very happy we finished today that match with the same spirit we played before and also you see different players taking minutes, taking confidence and I think the result is not important but really, really I think also we play one match today showing a good level and when we needed young players also the performance was perfect.

“I’m really, really, happy, the players are working really well every day. The tour was perfect for us to be here in the United States and also because we have a lot of supporters here in LA, in Denver, in Charlotte and here and it is really great to feel them is for us, important.

Arsenal were beaten in their final game of their US tour against Real Madrid

“These matches were to take confidence to take rhythm and to play together with young players, to mix, to give them chances. The result is not important but also we want to create a winning mentality.

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“We are working each match, analysing how to improve defensively and offensively so for example, when we were playing 11 against 11 we were well. After the red card we preferred to play against 11 players and we asked to the referee if we can play against 11 to continue working.

“They didn’t give us that support, that chance and when we were playing some moments progressively in 11 against 10 we were not controlling the game like we wanted. And 10 against 10 is the same situation at the beginning.

“We didn’t control the match, maybe because we were winning 2-0 but we could to take more of the ball, to keep the ball with possession maybe sometimes we didn’t do that but in the transition we were very strong and in the last minutes when we were refreshed the impact of the young players was amazing and also for them, for us, it was perfect.

“Not controlling the game with possession with the ball in those minutes but in the transitions we were very aggressive and also created chances.”





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