Laurent Koscielny breaks silence over his Arsenal exit after completing Bordeaux move

first_img Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Laurent Koscielny says his Arsenal exit was planned for ‘months’ (Bordeaux)Laurent Koscielny claims he his ‘thankful’ for his time at Arsenal despite going on strike in order to force through his move to Bordeaux.The 33-year-old officially completed his return to Ligue 1 on Tuesday having refused to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.Koscielny, who was subsequently stripped of the captaincy before his departure, angered Arsenal in his Bordeaux announcement video by removing the Gunners shirt to unveil the French club’s kit.But the defender is adamant that he discussed his intention to leave Arsenal ‘months’ before he finally ended his time at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Koscielny went on strike to force his Arsenal departure (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘However I hope you understand, and in any case I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal.‘I am aware of everything that the club and you supporters have brought to me.‘But it is time for me to go home so today my will is to join the Bordeaux.‘This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Top articles Advertisement Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Full Screen by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Read More PLAY Read Morecenter_img Laurent Koscielny breaks silence over his Arsenal exit after completing Bordeaux move 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 8:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link864Shares Comment SPONSORED Skip ‘I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up.‘This experience made me the player I am today. My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my teammates, my coach, and it has been a well thought decision.‘I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man. Video Settings About Connatix V67539 ‘As you know I engaged with Bordeaux. After nine years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave,’ Koscielny posted on Instagram.Nouveau joueur, nouveau maillot, retrouvez-le dès maintenant ici ➡— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019 Read More Skip Ad 1/1 / last_img

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