Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for the club’s pre-season tour.
The defender reportedly has interest from Ligue 1 sides Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon (BBC Sport), and is seemingly trying to force his exit from the Emirates Stadium.
Koscielny, who has been with the club since signing from Lorient in 2010, has infuriated a lot of Gunners fans with his actions and the club have even released a statement on the matter.
It read: “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.”
One man who was able to sum up the situation pretty well, annoyingly for Arsenal supporters, was ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker, who Tweeted: “That’s leadership for you.”
The ironic comment really does sum Arsenal up.
The club have been accused of lacking real leaders for years, and the recruitment simply hasn’t been good enough.
In fairness to the club, Koscielny is probably one of the last players they’d have expected to pull such a stunt.
It’s on the club now to swiftly make a decision that is in the best interests of Arsenal.
It may be seen as bowing to player power, but the Gunners should consider getting rid of the Frenchman before the situation escalates – at the age of 33, he is past his best and into the final year of his contract meaning they should just cut their losses.