Arsenal have sold central defender Laurent Koscielny to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for a fee believed to be £4.6m.
The France international had his medical on Tuesday and returns to his homeland following a nine-year stay in North London.
Arsenal preferred that Koscielny stayed with them this season, however, the Frenchman, who only had a year left on his contract, was adamant he wanted to leave.
Arsenal released a short statement regarding the move and said:
“We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms. We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future.” (Source: Arsenal)
Koscielny’s hostile departure comes after a less than impressive spell for the Arsenal defence. Unai Emery’s men conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season, at a rate of 1.34 goals per game. This tied in with the club’s poor run away from home which saw the North London club lose eight and win just seven of their 19 games.
However, Koscielny has proved a disruptive influence this summer as he refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. The centre-back was fined and made to train with the under-23s. He was offered a route back into the first-team by Emery following their return from the tour of the United States, however, maintained his stance of wanting to leave.
Koscielny leaving Arsenal is very good for the club as they can ill-afford to carry a disruptive influence in their dressing room. However, the France international was a good defender for Arsenal last season, making the second-most interceptions and blocks, and the third-most clearances per game in the whole Arsenal squad.
Arsenal were left in a dilemma after Koscielny’s actions, they were right to get rid of him, however, as a result, the defence will be weaker.
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