Arsenal meet with Rennes over Laurent Koscielny transfer as bad boy defender claims he does not want to play for Gunners again

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ARSENAL’S wantaway defender Laurent Koscielny has moved a step closer to his Emirates exit.

BBC sports writer David Ornstein is reporting that the Gunners technical director Edu met with Rennes’s president and the player’s agent in London.

Laurent Koscielny could be close to ending his Arsenal nightmare
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Koscielny is at the point of no return after refusing to travel on the club’s pre-season tour.

The player admits he “does not anticipate playing for the Gunners again”.

SunSport reported that the former captain is still being forced to train with the youth team – despite the senior stars returning from their pre-season tour.

The club captain, 33, refused to join his team-mates for their warm-up games in the USA as he looked to force a move away from the Emirates.

KOS TAKING LEGAL ACTION

But now the first-team are back at London Colney, boss Unai Emery has admitted he only wants stars who want to play for him – leaving Koscielny out of training, report The Mirror.

Emery revealed: “When he decided not to stay with us here in the tour, the solution now is only for the club and him because he decided to be out of the team in pre-season.

“Now it is one issue only for the club and for him. My idea is continuing with the players we are working with and the players that want to be here.”

The whole saga surrounding Koscielny has taken an ugly turn in recent days – with the captain taking legal action against the club.


 

Meanwhile, Arsenal have opened disciplinary proceedings and are almost certain to fine the Frenchman for his tour snub.

Koscielny has one year left on his £100,000-a-week contract and had hoped for an extension.

But Arsenal were only willing to keep him on the books for another year – even then, it would have been based purely on appearances.

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