Arsenal fans are not happy.
That could apply to a lot of things to be honest, but on this occasion, their anger is solely directed at the Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny.
Koscielny has refused to travel with the team on the pre-season tour of America and the clubs short but terse statement cannot cover their anger either.
This is what Arsenal said in an official statement on the club website.
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.
The fans have taken to social media and have not held back in their condemnation of Koscielny
Disrespectful after 9 years at the club. Get rid.
— Jack (@jackrdblackwell) July 11, 2019
Man just ruined his legacy
— ?▫⚪ (@sauceoverloadd) July 11, 2019
Whatever happens, DO NOT terminate his contract.
— T (@afcTB) July 11, 2019
Don’t care who you are this is unprofessional. Even more disgraceful that it’s our captain
— Ricky (@HarisonRamon) July 11, 2019
Strip him of the captain's armband and sell him. Terrible attitude from our 'leader'.
— RossCooperAFC (@RossCooperKFA) July 11, 2019
Disgraceful from a player I deemed to be a true professional, he should be stripped of captaincy immediately. Don’t give into him let him rot in the reserves and reflect for his act of stupidity.
— olly (@ollyl6ngley) July 11, 2019
There are a ton more but it would get boring and while some have tried to defend his actions saying the club should let him leave for free after so many years service, the vast majority are appalled and rightfully so.
This is disgraceful from Koscielny, he got paid when the defence was woeful, he got paid when he was injured, he got paid no matter what and we are not talking minimum wage here.
Arsenal owes him nothing and the idea that he deserves a free transfer is a joke. Arsenal is not a charity and he has a contract that he must either see out or be sold for a fee.
I cannot see any justification in his behaviour whatsoever, he has acted in a totally unprofessional manner and I hope the club fines him to the maximum and throws him into the reserves.
To do anything else will be an open invitation to any other player that cannot get their way.