Emery waiting on Koscielny ‘decision’

Unai Emery has discussed Laurent Koscielny’s ongoing strike, with the Spaniard awaiting a decision on the future of the unsettled Arsenal star.

The Arsenal captain has refused to join up with the rest of the squad for their pre-season tour of the US, with the defender requesting to leave the Emirates this summer and return to his native France.

Ligue 1 sides Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes are all said to be interested in a deal for the 33-year-old, who has just a year remaining on his contract in North London.

Arsenal boss Emery says he is now awaiting a decision on Koscielny’s future, with the 47-year-old having to seek a replacement should the Frenchman depart.

“He started training with us this pre-season and I spoke with him three times for his situation,” Emery said after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids.

“We wanted him to come with us on this tour but he decided to stay. Now it is a matter for the club and for the player.

“He has one year left on his contract. For me as a coach he’s an important player. Now it’s one matter for him and the club.

“The club and him need to speak, they are speaking about his situation. I cannot say more than that. I spoke with him before he came here and he decided to stay there.

“We’re here with the players who have the spirit to create the new way. Laurent Koscielny for me, now, I’m waiting on his decision with the club.”

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