How Arsenal’s squad has reacted to Laurent Koscielny going on strike


Laurent Koscielny opted to sit out Arsenal’s tour of America (Picture: Getty)

Laurent Koscielny still maintains the full respect of the Arsenal squad and would be welcomed back with open arms, according to Nacho Monreal.

The 33-year-old stunned Unai Emery when he informed the Arsenal manager he would not be taking part in the club’s pre-season tour of the United states.

Koscielny is desperate to return to France after nine years in north London and believes he has been priced out of a move with Arsenal demanding £10million for his services.

The France international is also said to have misgivings over the direction a club which has made just one signing this summer is headed, while he reportedly questioned the way in which his schedule was managed last season following his return from a career-threatening Achilles injury.

Monreal, however, insists the club captain’s actions hasn’t diminished his standing within the group and is still hopeful a resolution can be found.

Asked whether he believed that Koscielny could be reintegrated into the Arsenal setup, Monreal said: Yeah, why not?

‘We respect Laurent a lot because he has played for Arsenal for a long time, he’s our captain. It’s something between the club and him.

‘What I would like is they fix the problem and I think they will do it.’

Emery now appears to have lost two of his captains from last season with Petr Cech having retired and joined Chelsea in a non-playing capacity.

‘Two captains left last season, if I have to be one of the captains I will be very proud,’ added Monreal.

‘Being one of the captains of Arsenal is to feel proud, we’re talking about one of the great clubs and I will accept it of course.’





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