That’s according to journalist David Ornstein, who believes Koscielny’s feeling of discontent at the Emirates ‘had been brewing behind the scenes’.
On Thursday, Arsenal released a damning statement which claimed their captain had refused to travel to the States as part of their pre-season tour, saying: “Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.
“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.
“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”
And Ornstein has revealed how Koscielny broke the news to the Gunners, insisting Emery was ‘predictably furious’ when the Frenchman informed him that he would not be travelling in a face-to-face meeting.
“I don’t think the situation per say has been a bolt from the blue, because this had been brewing behind the scenes,” he said on the Arseblog Arsecast podcast.
“But most of us only found out about it when the news broke via Arsenal’s statement this morning.
“In terms of his refusal to travel with the squad to the USA, that has come as a bolt out of the blue, because that news was only relayed to Arsenal on Wednesday morning by Koscielny.
“He informed Unai Emery in a face-to-face meeting that he wouldn’t be travelling. Emery was understandably, predictably furious with that”
“He informed Unai Emery in a face-to-face meeting that he wouldn’t be travelling. Emery was understandably, predictably furious with that and then the news was obviously relayed to Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi.
“He sent a message to Laurent Koscielny expressing the club’s anger and disbelief and disappointment, and making Koscielny aware that if he didn’t travel to the USA then he would be in breach of contract and face disciplinary measures.
“Later on, Koscielny replied, emphasising his stance and the position and his feelings, and then he arrived at London Colney on Thursday morning and confirmed that he wouldn’t be travelling.
“That’s pretty much when Arsenal released their statement to get on the front foot on that one.
“So Arsenal departed at half 12 without Koscielny on the flight. He now will be required to train with the remaining players at London Colney, mainly young players.
“If he doesn’t do that, he’ll also be in breach of contract and the club are going through the disciplinary proceedings already to establish what punishment or punishments Koscielny will receive.”
Koscielny’s frustrations at Arsenal reportedly stem from a denied request to leave the club this summer.
Yet the 33-year-old could now get his wish, with L’Equipe reporting that Bordeaux are interested in a deal.