Laurent Koscielny gave Arsenal fans an apology for the way he left the club this week, over a year after he joined Bordeaux in controversial fashion.
Speaking this week, Koscielny offered an apology to the Arsenal fans over the announcement video for his move to Bordeaux. For those who somehow didn’t see it, the centre-back removed an Arsenal shirt to reveal a Bordeaux top underneath.
— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019
Many Arsenal fans took offence to this, suggesting it was disrespectful to the club he spent so many years with. Koscielny claims he didn’t see what was wrong with it at the time, but wants to apologise now.
“I had 9 incredible years there, lots of memories with this club,” Koscielny said (via GFFN). “I know that my announcement video at Bordeaux caused a bit of a stir, I want to apologise to the fans for that, I didn’t expect it to affect them in the way that it did.”
The announcement video was really the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Koscielny made PR mistake after mistake. Most notably, as Arsenal club captain, he refused to go on the pre-season tour to force a move.
He then pushed for Arsenal to let him go for free, even though his suitors clearly had the money to spend on him. Bordeaux paid around £4.6m for the transfer, so it was completely unnecessary to ask for a free transfer.
Some will probably always hold a grudge against him for that summer. But perhaps others will now accept his apology and remember the good times too.