BBC's Ornstein reveals reasons behind Koscielny bombshell
- The Frenchman has been concerned over the direction in which the Gunners are moving.
- The 33-year-old hoped CL qualification could've turned things around.
- Missing out convinced the centre-back finally it's time for a France return.
- The captain believed Arsenal would reward his 9 years of dedicated service & fulfil his wish.
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.
BBC's David Ornstein, arguably the most reputable source of Arsenal-related information, has shared his reading of the issue:
"The 33-year-old is understood to have become increasingly discontent over the management of his playing schedule and the direction in which he feels the team and club are moving.
"Koscielny was optimistic that Champions League qualification could lead to a better future for both parties - missing out led him to decide the time had come to move back to France.
"With firm interest from clubs in his homeland, Koscielny informed Arsenal of his wish to leave and hoped his nine years of service and professionalism until this point would help achieve an amicable resolution.
"However, Arsenal rejected the request and made it clear that they need and expect the Frenchman to honour his contract and be a key part of their squad in the coming campaign."