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Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour to the United States, the Premier League club have announced.

The Gunners’ captain was expected to be part of the squad flying to the USA on Thursday but the club have now said the 33-year-old will stay behind.

“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour,” a short statement on the club’s official website read. “We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”

It is understood Koscielny had made it clear to Arsenal that he wished to be released from his contract this summer in order to sign for another club.

Upon Arsenal’s refusal to do so, the former France international refused to travel with the rest of the squad and the club will now open disciplinary proceedings against him.