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Arsenal players left stunned by skipper Koscielny AWOL actions

Arsenal players were left stunned by skipper Laurent Koscielny's decision to go AWOL last week.

Koscielny, who refused to board the flight to the US, left his team-mates stunned by striking in a bid to force his way out of the Emirates.

A Gunners insider told football.london: "None of the first team squad could believe it. They were all shocked.

"Everyone at the club couldn't believe their captain would do that - from [Mesut] Ozil all the way down to the academy lads boarding the plane for [their pre-season camp in] Slovakia."

Koscielny is desperate for Arsenal to cut him loose so he can head back to France, where Bordeaux and Lyon are keen to take him.

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