Transfer: Koscielny breaks silence on controversial Arsenal exit
Former Arsenal captain, Laurent Koscielny, has explained that he decided to leave the club months ago after much consideration, following his €5million move to Bordeaux.
Although Unai Emery tried to convince Koscielny to stay for the final year of his contract, the 33-year-old opted to return to his homeland after nine seasons with the Gunners.
The Frenchman's move caused controversy among fans, as he had refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.
His actions prompted the club to open disciplinary proceedings.
Koscielny has however taken to his Instagram account, to give his version of the event.
"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 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 you 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.