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Transfer: Ian Wright blasts Koscielny over decision to snub Arsenal’s pre-season

Former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright, has slammed Laurent Koscielny for refusing to travel for pre-season with the rest of the squad.

The current Gunners captain has been left in England, as his team-mates flew to Los Angeles to continue preparing for the new season. 

Koscielny, 33, is in the final year of his contract but wants the club to release him as a free agent this summer.

Wright, speaking on his YouTube channel, said the French defender is being badly advised and is threatening to ruin his legacy at the club.

“He’s given us unbelievable service, we’ve seen him play through pain and build a legacy and legendary status he deserves.

“It’s the time in the season where everybody is meant to be together. We are in for a tough season, a transitional period, we need a lot of catching up.

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“For our captain to refuse to go on a pre-season tour after nine years of unbelievable service, to destroy your legacy a little by refusing to play for a club is something that is baffling me.

“Why Laurent? Who are your advisers and what are they saying to you?

“I am so disappointed in your decision to do this at this time if your agent sees this, and I hope they do, shame on you, shame on you, for doing this to him and convincing him. No way you can tell me he will come up with this on his own.

“You’re the one we chose as our captain, our leader, and now we’re going into pre-season with our captain refusing to go on the tour.

“This is something I cannot get my head around and I pray to god it can be resolved sooner rather than later.

“It doesn’t set a good example, Arsenal need to do something quick and discipline (him). I love you Laurent but this is a poor decision,” Wright said.