Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny

Wright hits out at Koscielny for destroying his Arsenal ‘legacy’

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says Laurent Koscielny is at risk of destroying his legacy at the club, following the defender’s refusal to join the club’s pre-season tour.

The Arsenal captain is believed to want to leave the club this summer and return to France, with the 33-year-old having been linked with the likes of Bordeaux and Lyon.

Koscielny is out-of-contract at the Emirates in 2020, however, the veteran centre-back has refused to join up with the Arsenal squad for their pre-season tour of America, following the club’s rejection of his request to leave this summer.

The Frenchman has made 353 appearances for the club since joining in £10m deal in 2010, though former Arsenal forward Wright believes Koscielny’s behaviour will damage his reputation amongst the North London side’s supporters.

“It’s the time in the season where everybody is meant to be together,” Wright told his Youtube Channel.

”We are in for a tough season, a transitional period, we need a lot of catching up.

“For our captain to refuse to go on a pre-season tour after nine years of unbelievable service, to kind of destroy your legacy a little bit in respect of refusing to play for a club that you’ve professed love for, is something that is baffling me.

“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. How do you think that looks?

“This is something I cannot get my head around. I pray to god it can be resolved sooner rather than later. Whether staying or going. I am so disappointed in your decision to do this at this time.”

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