It has been confirmed today that Laurent Koscielny leaves Arsenal for Bordeaux after the Frenchman requested to leave the club last month.

Emery had previously said he hoped to convince Koscielny to stay at the club, but it appears that he has failed to convince the Frenchman to stay at the club.

Arsenal have confirmed that Koscielny will join Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux for a fee of £4.6m that has been agreed between the 2 clubs.

As such, Koscielny has arrived for his medical at Bordeaux as a deal edges closer to completion.

Koscielny had been stressing throughout the entire summer of his desire to leave the Gunners and return to his homeland as he refused to go on the club’s tour of the United States in July.

The Frenchman wanted to leave the Emirates on a free transfer given he still had 1 year left on his Arsenal contract and felt his length of service would mean the club would make this compromise.

It is understood that his first choice was to join Ligue 1 side Rennes but the 2 clubs were unable to agree a fee. But this has now been agreed with Bordeaux.

Koscielny leaves Arsenal after 9 years of service and it is understood the Gunners are now in the market for a central defender in order to replace their soon to be former club captain.

The club are thought to be interested in Bundesliga side RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano. However, it is reported that a combination of valuation and player wanting to stay in the Champions League could make a potential deal for Upamecano difficult.

Whilst the Gunners are also thought to be interested in Daniele Rugani from Juventus. This potential deal is thought to be more realistic as Juventus may consider a loan deal with Arsenal following the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax earlier this summer.

Any deal will need to be wrapped up fairly swiftly given the transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday this week.

Source: Sky Sports, 2019

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