Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is set for showdown talks with the club this weekend, according to French outlet L’Equipe.
They report that the £90,000-a-week (Spotrac) star has been training with the youth team players at London Colney since refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour of America in order to force through a move away.
And this weekend, the club will apparently sit down with Koscielny and his lawyers his weekend and are considering disciplinary measures such as fines.
Grievances will apparently be aired by the Gunners, having left the situation to settle somewhat from when he refused to tour.
The issue for Arsenal is that they likely want to discipline Koscielny but also don’t want to alienate him to the extent where letting him go for nothing is the only alternative.
For the club captain to do what he did just to force a move that would not make the Gunners any money in the transfer market is not acceptable, and a fine should be coming Koscielny’s way in the wake of the meeting.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal are willing to welcome Koscielny back into the fold, or whether his authority as captain can withstand the episode.