‘I love you but this is a poor decision’: Arsenal legend Ian Wright slams Laurent Koscielny for snubbing pre-season tour of United States… but says there is ‘no way’ it was defender’s idea
- Ian Wright has spoken out on Laurent Koscielny’s recent decision to not play
- Koscielny, the club captain, wants a move and has refused to join pre-season
- Arsenal legend Wright released a video in which he questioned Koscielny
- Wright feels the Frenchman is setting a bad example to the younger players
Former Arsenal favourite Ian Wright believes captain Laurent Koscielny is threatening to ruin his ‘legacy’ at the club after refusing to go on the pre-season tour of the United States.
The 33-year-old was due to fly out to the USA with the rest of the squad on Thursday but the club announced that the defender would not be travelling.
It is understood Koscielny, whose contract runs until next year, made it clear to the club that he wished to be released this summer in order to sign for another team.
Ian Wright believes captain Laurent Koscielny is threatening to ruin his ‘legacy’ at Arsenal
The club legend became very animated while filming a video about the matter on holiday
But Arsenal stood firm and have begun disciplinary proceedings against their own club captain after he stepped up his attempts to force a move away.
He is expected to be hit with a hefty fine, will be stripped of captaincy and will be made to train with Arsenal’s kids after his decision to turn his back on his employers.
Wright is confounded by the timing of the furore surrounding Koscielny, with Arsenal aiming to challenge for a top-four place when the Premier League gets underway on August 9.
Speaking on his own YouTube channel, Wright said: ‘He’s given us unbelievable service, we’ve seen him play through pain and build a legacy and legendary status he deserves.
Koscielny is understood to have asked to be released from his Arsenal deal to join another club
‘It’s the time in the season where everybody is meant to be together. We are in for a tough season, a transitional period, we need a lot of catching up.
‘For our captain to refuse to go on a pre-season tour after nine years of unbelievable service, to destroy your legacy a little by refusing to play for a club is something that is baffling me.
‘Why Laurent? Who are your advisers and what are they saying to you?
‘I am so disappointed in your decision to do this at this time, if your agent sees this, and I hope they do, shame on you, shame on you, for doing this to him and convincing him. No way you can tell me he will come up with this on his own.
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‘You’re the one we chose as our captain, our leader, and now we’re going into pre-season with our captain refusing to go on the tour.
‘This is something I cannot get my head around and I pray to god it can be resolved sooner rather than later.
‘It doesn’t set a good example, Arsenal need to do something quick and discipline (him). I love you Laurent but this is a poor decision.’