Former Gunner Kevin Campbell: 'Arsenal, it is time to flex your muscles and put Koscielny in his place!'
- The centre-back wants a France return & has not flown to the US with the squad.
- The 49-year-old urges the club to 'fine him heavily and sell him'.
- Such an act from the captain 'is an absolute disgrace', the Englishman raves.
Arsenal have announced quite shocking news: captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to go to the United States for the Gunners' pre-season tour and tries to force a move back to France.
Kevin Campbell, a former striker who played 228 games between 1988 and 1995 scoring 59 goals for the Northern Londoners, believes the club have to respond to such outrage from the skipper:
"Arsenal, it is time to flex your muscles and put Koscielny in his place! No player is ever bigger than the club and the fact he’s been our captain is an absolute disgrace not wanting to go on the pre-season tour. Fine him heavily and sell him! Good riddance."
It's reported the centre-back has received offers from three clubs this window - Bordeaux, Lyon & Rennes - including one 'big offer'. The 33-year-old is even ready to buy out the rest 12 months of his Emirates contract to leave.
The Frenchman reportedly considered a move away last year as he felt his time at the club was up after Arsene Wenger's departure. However, the centre-back's Achilles injury complicated a move and he was instead promised by the club to be sold this summer at a moment's notice.
Koscielny arrived at Emirates on an £8.45m move from Ligue 1 outfit Lorient back in 2010. In 9 seasons with the Gunners, the centre-back has played 353 games, scoring 27 goals.
Since the 2015/16 campaign, the 33-year-old has been one of Arsenal's captains. Following Per Mertesacker's retirement in 2018, Laurent became the club's first skipper.
Last term, the Frenchman returned to the squad in mid-December after recovering from a serious Achilles injury which had kept him on the sidelines for 224 days. The centre-back made 29 appearances for the senior team, scoring 3 goals.