Laurent Koscielny has got his wish of a return to France but Arsenal have secured the fee they were demanding after Bordeaux stumped up £4.6million to sign the defender.
Koscielny’s move to Bordeaux was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon following a bitter end to his Arsenal career.
Former captain Koscielny, 34, stunned Arsenal when he informed head coach Unai Emery that he would not board the plane for their pre-season tour of the US after the club refused to let him leave on a free.
Koscielny had a year left on his deal at the time but felt he deserved to be allowed to leave on a free as a reward for his nine years of service.
At the time the three-times FA Cup winner already had an offer on the table from Bordeaux which he wanted to take up.
Arsenal rejected Koscielny’s request, adamant he would only be allowed to leave the Emirates for a fee. While Arsenal went on tour without their skipper, Koscielny stayed behind and was forced to continue reporting to their London Colney HQ and train with the club’s Under 23s.
KOSCIELNY’S ARSENAL CAREER
Clean sheets: 90
Tackle success: 71%
(Stats taken from Premier League) And with Koscielny showing no interest in changing his mind following their return from the US Arsenal brought a swift end to the saga by agreeing a deal with Bordeaux.
Arsenal confirming his departure in a statement, saying: ‘We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms. ‘We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future.’ Arsenal hope to secure a new centre back before Thursday’s 5pm deadline and have held talks with Red Bull Leipzig for Dayot Upamecano and Juventus for Daniele Rugani.
Right back Carl Jenkinson is closing in on a move to Nottingham Forest for a fee of around £2m.
Arsenal are also set to loan out striker prospect Eddie Nketiah who has attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs including Bristol City and Leeds.