Date: 12th July 2019 at 10:20am
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Arsenal’s pre-season preparations were dealt a surprise blow when club captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel on the club’s tour of the United States.

A club statement, released as Arsenal off on their trip without their skipper, revealed the shock news – and believe there is no turning back for Koscielny, who was due to enter his 10th season as a Gunners player.

Koscielny is Arsenal’s longest-serving player, but it looks as if his relationship with the fans is under serious threat following the dramatic twist to Arsenal’s summer.

The centre-back has been linked with a move away – with reports in previously suggesting the defender could be close to a back to Ligue 1.

Some supporters are in disbelief that Koscielny has acted in this way, displaying a mixture of anger and sadness at the prospect of their captain losing the armband and potentially very close to leaving after nine years of service at .

By threatening to place Arsenal’s preparations for the season ahead in jeopardy, there was little sympathy from the fanbase as the team’s leader went AWOL before a ball has even been kicked: