Laurent Koscielny told stunned Arsenal officials on the morning of their flight to the United States that he would remain in England to train by himself.
The Frenchman is determined to leave the club after nine years in north London and made those feelings clear towards the end of the last season.
However, the 33-year-old clearly is unhappy with his current prospects of leaving the Emirates and has taken matters into his own hands by refusing to attend the club’s tour of the United States.
The veteran returned to pre-season training earlier this week and was expected to form part of Unai Emery’s travelling squad to the United States.
But Koscielny stunned Arsenal by announcing at the club’s training ground on Thursday that he had no intention of going on the tour and would train by himself while the Gunners are Stateside.
The news is said to have ‘stunned’ Arsenal officials according to Goal and the Gunners condemned Koscielny’s actions in a statement at lunchtime.
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Koscielny wants to return to his homeland France and feels that Arsenal should release him from his contract as a goodwill gesture for showing loyalty to the club since he joined in 2010.
However, the defender has one year to run on his deal and Arsenal have the option of extending that by a further 12 months so they see little reason why they should budge.
Arsenal are yet to receive a bid for Koscielny and are unlikely to achieve a significant fee given his ageing years.
In an official statement, Arsenal slammed Koscielny’s actions: ‘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.’