Laurent Koscielny blames Premier League for his controversial Arsenal departure – Mirror Online

Laurent Koscielny has explained that he felt he had to leave Arsenal because of the gruelling nature of the Premier League.

French centre back Koscielny controversially departed north London this summer having refused to go on the Gunners’ pre-season tour to the USA.

The former Gunners captain eventually completed a £4.6million transfer to Bordeaux, despite having a year left on his Arsenal contract, at the beginning of August to end a nine year spell at the Emirates.

Many Arsenal fans were angry at the manner of the exit, but Koscielny has given an extended interview detailing the exact reasons he felt he had to move away.

Koscielny told L’Equipe : “A Premier League season is very long. It requires a lot physically and mentally.

Laurent Koscielny spent nine years at Arsenal before his controversial exit
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“I didn’t feel I could play 40-50 matches and I didn’t want to end my career with injuries. I’ve gone down a level, but to take more pleasure.

“Either I finished there or changed clubs. With my family, we felt it was time.

“Everything was in my thinking: football, my physical state, my wife, my children, the daily life we could have.

Koscielny has played seven times for new club Bordeaux
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“I can only say that I left with my head held high.

“All of those I worked with for nine years… everyone respected my decision to return home with my family.”

Koscielny has played seven times for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 this season.

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Koscielny has insisted that despite his desperation to leave in the end, he always gave him upmost for the Gunners and always maintained a good relationship with manager Unai Emery.

“I’ve always been upstanding, respectful and loyal. I always gave my maximum.

“I spoke with the coach, who was understanding. And as for the rest…”

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