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Arsenal Star Goes AWOL, Club Release Statement

With one of the most prominent figures in the Arsenal dressing room reportedly having refused to travel with the team for their pre-season tour, the London club has now released a statement.

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Veteran centre-back Laurent Koscielny will not be with the rest of his teammates as they head off to the US for Arsenal's pre-season tour – the defender has refused to travel with the squad, according to the Gunners' official website.

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"We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions," a statement on the club's official statement read.

"We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time."

It is believed the 33-year-old is trying to force a move away from Arsenal, with clubs such as Stade Rennes, Olympique Lyon and Bordeaux all chasing his signature.

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The defender joined the Londoners in 2010, and has since played 353 times for the club.

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