Laurent Koscielny rinsed by Arsenal fans after ‘refusing to travel’ for preseason friendly
Koscielny, 33, has refused to travel for the side’s US tour, and will not feature in Monday night’s game against MLS side Colorado Rapids.
The French centre-back is believed to be pushing for a return to his native country, after accusing Arsenal of breaking their promise to let him leave on a free this summer.
Instead, the north London side have set an estimated £8.8m price tag, as Koscielny still has a year left on his contract.
Ahead of their first game of the tour at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, many Gunners fans have slammed their captain, who joined the club in 2010.
Commenting on Koscielny’s most recent Instagram post, one fan wrote simply: “Get out”.
Another added: “Captain my a***.”
While a third said: “You sit your a*** down and do as you’re told by the club who pays your massively overpaid wages.”
Although the fan admitted Koscielny had been “a great servant for the club,” they also said the defender had been “injured and out of form”.
They went on: “I’ve never seen this utter lack of respect from a captain. F****** shame.”
“I’ve never seen this utter lack of respect from a captain. F****** shame”
But others turned their anger not towards Koscielny – who has made 255 appearances for the Premier League side – but towards the club’s owners.
The main target of their wrath was the club’s owner, US billionaire Stan Kroenke.
One fan wrote: “Lolo has played for our badge better than any other leader for a while now and he deserves nothing but respect, he’s not the problem, Kroenke is!”
Koscielny’s former teammate Mathieu Flamini also defended him, sharing a picture of the two on his Instagram.
He wrote: “I know how committed and true to the Arsenal badge you have been all these years.”
It comes a day after Arsenal fans groups signed a petition calling for their owner to make changes and show “better leadership” at the side he has had a majority share in since 2011.
At least 35,000 supporters are believed to have signed the petition, which blames Kroenke for – among other things – making the club’s Emirates Stadium “a soulless place” to be.
Unai Emery has opted for a 4-3-3 formation for Monday’s game against Colorado, with teenager Zech Medley and last season’s Fulham loanee Callum Chambers playing in Koscielney’s centre-back role.
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