Laurent Koscielny has explained why he left Arsenal, following the completion of a permanent move to French side Bordeaux.
The now immediate former captain left in a cloud, having initially refused to board a plane with the rest of the team for a preseason tour.
He was eventually unveiled at Bordeaux on Tuesday evening, bringing an end to his nine-year stay at the London club.
The Frenchman took to his Instagram account to thank the club's fans and gave reasons why he ditched the Gunners.
"As you know I engaged with [Bordeaux]. After nine years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave," he wrote in an Instagram post.
"I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up,"
"This experience made me the player I am today. My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my team-mates, my coach, and it has been a well-thought decision,"
"I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in my life as a man and a family man,"
"However I hope you understand, and in any case, I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal,"
“I am aware of everything that the club and you supporters have brought to me. But it is time for me to go home so today my will is to join [Bordeaux]. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination."
Koscielny joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2010 and made 353 appearances, scoring 27 goals and winning two FA Cups.
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