Laurent Koscielny has left Arsenal and brought to an end his nine years at the club, leaving under a massive cloud when he should be departing a club hero.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny attends a press conference at the Museum Of Contemporary Arts on July 11, 2017 in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 11: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny attends a press conference at the Museum Of Contemporary Arts on July 11, 2017 in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal and Bordeaux finally reached an agreement that will see the French side pay £5m for a player who wanted released for nothing.

Eyeing up a return to his homeland to be closer to his family, Koscielny also wanted a coaching role which is something apparently on offer with Bordeaux.

When Laurent Koscielny arrived in 2010 nobody knew who he was and a number of fans were impatient with his progress. Slowly, though, he won everybody around until he took the Arsenal armband permanently in 2016 when Mikel Arteta retired.

That he’s leaving the way he is is certainly sad but I’m sure there is more to be revealed about what went on this summer and we will hear all about it once Koscielny has settled back in France.

In total, Kos played 353 times for Arsenal, scoring 25 and assisting five. He won three FA Cups and two Community Shields along with two League Cup runners’ up medals and a Europa League silver medal.

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