Koscielny, 33, stunned the Gunners last week by refusing to travel to America for their pre-season tour.
It has been reported that his frustration at the Emirates is a result of a denied request to leave this summer, with just a year to run on his current contract.
However, that didn’t stop Arsenal from releasing a damning statement which confirmed the Frenchman had snubbed their US 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.”
“I’ve spoken to some people today who feel it was very unlike Arsenal and out of keeping with the club’s traditions and ways of operating to have released this”
And journalist David Ornstein insists a common notion is that the north London club have gone against their typical tradition by slamming one of their players publicly.
“I’ve spoken to some people today who feel it was very unlike Arsenal and out of keeping with the club’s traditions and ways of operating to have released this,” he said on the Arseblog Arsecast podcast.
“But you can’t have your cake and eat it. We’re always asking ‘why aren’t they coming out and confirming what we all knew about Sven Mislintat, about Darren Burgess, about the physios who were sacked last summer, the [Mesut] Ozil contract?’ etcetera etcetera, the list goes on.
“And then when they have come on the front foot and tried to take control of the situation and deny anyone else the chance to break news from across the media and leave them in a potentially even more embarrassing situation, and of course you’ll see he’s not in the squad because they publish the list, and then everyone would be asking ‘what’s going on?’
“They would probably maybe historically have said something like ‘he’s injured, he’ll be staying behind to train.’ Someone would have got the story and then we all would have had a go at Arsenal for not coming out with the information.
“So I don’t think you can win in that situation. I don’t think there’s any proven way to deal with those sort of scenarios. I’ve seen as many people saying today that they’ve dealt with it well as people that have said they dealt with it badly. And if we forget the PR as well, they need to get on with an incredibly important summer.
“You mentioned the defensive side of things now, this is a major headache for them and it’s one that is not of their own making they will feel – despite what Koscielny and his people feel about the climate and the environment and the reasons that have led him to take this decision.”
Reports suggest Arsenal boss Unai Emery has a mere £40m to spend on new players this summer after missing out on Champions League qualification last term, which could be increased through player sales.
Yet Ornstein has some positive transfer news for the Gunners, claiming they are edging closer to the signing of 18-year-old Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.
“Arsenal are close to completing a deal for Saliba. It’s not final yet because they’ve got to finalise the details on that one, but they’re close to completing that deal,” he said.
“However, he’ll go back to Saint-Etienne for the entirety of next season and that’s not going to change. He’s 18 years old and that’s in the plan.
“So you can write him off for a year.”