'Now it's an issue only for the club and him' - Emery gives up on convincing Koscielny to stay
'Now it's an issue only for the club and him' - Emery gives up on convincing Koscielny to stay
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'Now it's an issue only for the club and him' - Emery gives up on convincing Koscielny to stay

Arsenal coach Unai Emery seems to have given up on convincing captain Laurent Koscielny to stay, after admitting the issue is now between the player and the club.

Speaking after their match against Real Madrid, Emery further suggested that the former French international might not be in his plans for the new season. 

"I tried to continue working and finding one solution between the club, between him and us," Emery told arsenal.com.

"When he decided not to come here with us on tour, the solution is now only for the club and him," he added. 

"He decided to be out. I respect him but I have a responsibility, he has a responsibility, and the club have their responsibility," 

"Now it's an issue only for the club and him. My idea is to continue with the players we are working with, and the players that want to be here,"

Koscielny refused to travel with the team for their preseason tour of the USA after the club allegedly denied him a transfer wish. 

The former Lorient man has been with the Gunners since 2010 and has played over 350 games for the London club, scoring 27 goals during the time. 

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