Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refuses to join pre-season tour

39;We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions which are against our clear instructions'

Koscielny, who joined Arsenal from French side Lorient in 2010, has made over 350 appearances for the London club.

The Frenchman has three offers from Ligue 1, one of which is a three-year contract from Bordeaux, and is desperate to depart the Emirates.

Should an actual offer come in for Koscielny this summer, then they would consider it, but so far there have been no official bids submitted for the defender.

Koscielny is reportedly keen to leave for pastures new.

Arsenal, however, are standing firm and have already started disciplinary proceedings against their captain following his shock decision.

The English Premier League club released a statement saying it was "very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions". "We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time".

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Arsenal have slammed Koscielny in an official statement, as the club have now opened disciplinary proceedings against the French global.

It begins with a game against Colorado Rapids.

Following their meeting with the MLS outfit there are International Champions Cup contests against Bayern Munich (July 18), AS Roma (July 20) and Real Madrid (July 24).

Shokdran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers, Dinos Mavropanos and Sokratis are Arsenal's current options at center back, but there's no doubt Koscielny would have been a starter alongside Sokratis this season.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are close to completing a deal to sign 18-year-old centre-half William Saliba from Saint Etienne, Sky Sports News understands.

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