Following Laurent Koscielny‘s €5million move to Bordeaux, the former Arsenal captain has revealed his reason for leaving the club after months of consideration.
Although Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery, tried to convince the French man to stay, the 33-year-old opted to leave after nine seasons with the Gunners.
The news of his move stirred reactions among the club’s fan as he had refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.
Koscielny has taken to his Instagram account to speak on the issue surrounding his transfer deal.
“As you know I engaged with [Bordeaux]. After nine years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave.”
“I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up.”
“This experience made me the player I am today. My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my team-mates, my coach, and it has been a well-thought decision.”
“I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in my life as a man and a family man.”
“However I hope you understand, and in any case, I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal.”
“I am aware of everything that the club and your supporters have brought to me. But it is time for me to go home so today my will is to join [Bordeaux]. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination,” he wrote.
Koscielny joined the Premier League side from Lorient in 2010 and made 353 appearances in all competitions, winning the FA Cup three times and reaching a Europa League final in his time at the club.