Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘very surprised’ by contract rebel Laurent Koscielny refusing to go on US tour

ARSENE WENGER admitted he is shocked by the actions of Arsenal club captain Laurent Koscielny.

Koscielny, 33, refused to travel to the USA for the club's pre-season tour in an attempt to engineer a move back to France.

The centre-half has a year left on his Gunners contract but wanted the club to release him from it so he could return home.

But Arsenal dug their heels in and have since threatened to fine the club captain and dock his wages as a result.

'VERY SURPRISED'

Wenger, 69, signed Koscielny for £10million from Lorient in the summer of 2010 and said the centre-half always conducted himself with the utmost respect.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Wenger said: "I am very surprised by the current situation.

"I do not know the whole story, but Laurent’s behaviour with me has always been beyond reproach.

"I think highly of Laurent as a man."

Koscielny's move sparked a three-way transfer war between Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes.

And the Frenchman even trolled the Gunners on his Instagram before reports surfaced suggesting he would buy himself out of his £90k-a-week Emirates contract.

But there seems to be two sides to the story as ex-teammate and close friend Olivier Giroud claimed the defender was 'very hurt' by the situation.

While Gunners' left-back Nacho Monreal appealed to the defender to put a stop to his strike.


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