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Alex Mott

The real reason why Laurent Koscielny has gone on strike at Arsenal


Laurent Koscielny has gone on strike at Arsenal after a bitter row erupted between himself and the club over their proposal of a new contract.

It was revealed earlier on Thursday that the captain had refused to travel to Australia for the start of their pre-season in the hope of forcing a move back to France with Bordeaux.

However a story in the Mirror has suggested that tensions between the centre-back and the Gunners hierarchy have been brewing for months now.

Koscielny had been willing to stay in north London and was in talks about getting a 12 month extension.

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Arsenal themselves were willing to hand the defender that extension, but because of his injury record, were going to pay Koscielny less per week but include appearance and performance-related bonuses.

Koscileny is supposed to have been furious with this development and now wants Arsenal to let him leave, for free, this summer.

This is despite Koscielny still having a year left on his original deal.

O Captain! My Captain!