Unai Emery Opens Up on Laurent Koscielny Situation & Provides Arsenal Transfer Update

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny shocked the world, and certainly Arsenal as a football club, after he refused to join the Gunners on their pre season tour of the United States (US). But the Gunners have stood firm, leaving the French centre-back facing disciplinary action for his self-imposed strike.

However, Giroud, who left the Arsenal for London rivals Chelsea in 2018, has leapt to the defence of his fellow Frenchman.

Giroud told BBC Sport: 'You can not make a judgement when you don't have all the clues.

"You can not make a judgement when you don't have all the clues".

Certainly the public do not know all the facts about the situation, but the club issuing an official statement was very telling.

Despite discussions over a new deal, the defender reportedly asked to leave Arsenal this year.

The Gunners announced last week that the former France global had refused to fly to the United States and it is understood his decision came after his request to have his contract terminated and find a new club was rejected. "I spoke with him before he came here and he chose to stay there".

"He's been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he's been the skipper for so many years - very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players".

17-year-old English winger Bukayo Saka who now plays for Premier League giants Arsenal has been hailed by the Gunners fans for his impressive game against Colorado Rapids.

At the end of the day, exemplary behaviour is expected of Koscielny being the club's captain, and to refuse to travel seems a shocking show of disrespect. I'm pretty sure we don't know everything in this situation'. "We wanted him to come with us but he made a decision to stay", Emery told a news conference after Arsenal defeated Colorado Rapids 3-0.