Laurent Koscielny was adamant that he would leave the Gunners over the transfer window and Bordeaux chairman Joe DaGrosa has explained how his decision to join the Ligue 1 club ‘transcended wage issues’.
The former France international refused to go on the pre-season trip to North America with the rest of the team as he forced through a move a year before the end of his deal.
Having been a loyal servant to the London club since 2010, Laurent’s strike action came as something of a shock, having captained the London club in the Europa League final at the end of the last campaign.
However, Joe has explained that it was partially Koscielny wanting to come back to his home country, but also have assurances of his career after playing, with his family’s future in mind. ‘It starts with Koscielny’s desire to return to France,’ Joe said.
‘We were not the only club in Ligue 1 that he considered, but the Les Girondins was at the top of his list, but again, not the only one on the list.
‘He desired to come back to Ligue 1 and particularly to Bordeaux where he has family, in the region. I also think that this concerns this discussion on the subject of young footballers compared to more experienced players.
‘French defender rightly thinks of his conversion, and I think that Bordeaux presents an excellent place for him to remain in the world of football in the decades to come. ‘We are therefore pleased to welcome footballer of his level and experience, who has long-term goals with the London club after he has put an end to his sporting career.