Laurent Koscielny this evening provided an insight into the reasoning behind his decision to depart Arsenal this past summer.
Koscielny’s shock decision
Long-time then-Arsenal star Koscielny dropped a bombshell on the club back in July, when the Frenchman informed Unai Emery and co. that he would not be joining his fellow teammates on their pre-season tour of the US.
An official announcement across the Gunners’ website and social media channels regarding the situation read as follows:
‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.’
‘We are 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.’
As such, despite former Arsenal boss Emery having subsequently admitted that the capital giants were ‘fighting‘ to convince Koscielny to stay put, it was nevertheless widely-assumed that the stopper would be on the move before the summer was out.
As a result, confirmation of Koscielny’s Emirates departure finally arriving in August came as little surprise, with the veteran having made a return to his home country with Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux:
Laurent Koscielny is leaving us to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 6, 2019
‘Needed a new challenge’
While Koscielny’s forced departure in itself was enough to rile up large sections of Arsenal’s fans, though, it was the announcement video posed in by their former captain at new club Bordeaux which sent many more over the edge.
As showcased below, the 34-year-old removed a Gunners jersey to reveal the colours of his new club underneath:
Les supporters : “ANNONCE @6_LKOSCIELNY” !!!
Le CM : 👍
Bienvenue Laurent 😁 pic.twitter.com/3op22QAzu1
— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019
As such, Koscielny has today provided a brief insight into his decision to depart the Emirates.
Speaking in an interview with Canal+, the veteran stopper cited unhappiness in north London, and a ‘need’ to return to France, for his family’s sake:
‘I can understand that Arsenal fans did not expect me to leave.’
‘Nobody expected it. To put it simply, I was not happy as I was on the first day I signed. And with my family, we needed to go back to France and have a new challenge.’