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Arsenal news: Unai Emery admits wantaway captain Laurent Koscielny will remain frozen out

Unai Emery has confirmed Laurent Koscielny will remain frozen out of his plans until he has a change of heart over his Arsenal future.

Captain Koscielny stunned the club by going on strike and refusing to travel to America for Arsenal’s pre-season tour.

He remained in England and has been forced to train with Arsenal’s under-23s while the rest of the first team have been in the States.

Unai Emery has confirmed Laurent Koscielny will likely remain frozen out of his plans

Unai Emery has confirmed Laurent Koscielny will likely remain frozen out of his plans

Arsenal concluded their four-game tour with a penalty shootout defeat against Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday night and will hold more talks with Koscielny on their return to England.

Arsenal flew back straight after the game and will resume training back at London Colney later this week.

After refusing to go on pre-season tour, Koscielny has been training with the under-23s

After refusing to go on pre-season tour, Koscielny has been training with the under-23s

Emery has reminded the wantaway captain of his responsibilities and will seek a resolution

Emery has reminded the wantaway captain of his responsibilities and will seek a resolution

The 33 year-old defender still has a year left on his contract but wants to leave on a free for a return to France, a request Arsenal have no interest in granting and which led to the stalemate between player and club.

Head coach Emery said: ‘I spoke about him with respect to him. I tried for him to be with us in the pre-season here and to continue working to find a solution between the club, between him and between us.

‘When he decided not to stay with us here in the tour, the solution now is only for the club and him because he decided to be out of the team in pre-season.

‘I respect him, but we have responsibility, he has his responsibility and the club has their responsibility and I have my responsibility.

‘Now it is one issue only for the club and for him. My idea is continuing with the players we are working with and the players that want to be here.’

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