Arsenal 2019 tour squad confirmed & David Ornstein on Laurent Koscielny
Arsenal 2019 tour squad confirmed
The Gunners fly to the USA today ahead of their first friendly against the Colorado Rapids in Denver on July 15.
After that the Gunners take on Bayern Munich (LA), Fiorentina (Charlotte) and Real Madrid (Washington DC).
The full Arsenal squad is as follows.
Keepers: Leno, Martinez, Macey
Defenders: Bellerin, Jenkinson, Chambers, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavropanos, Medley, Monreal, Kolasinac, Thompson,
Midfielders: Maitland-Niles, Willock, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Olayinka, Burton
Attackers: Martinelli, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, John-Jules
🚨 Here’s our confirmed tour squad for #ArsenalinUSA 🇺🇸
David Ornstein on Laurent Koscielny
The big absentee from Arsenal’s squad is their club captain: 33-year-old Laurent Koscielny.
Prior to Arsenal’s squad announcement, the club confirmed that Koscielny has refused to go on the tour.
Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.
We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.
BBC reporter David Ornstein has now reported on how the Koscielny situation unraveled.
According to his understanding, Koscielny told Arsenal that he wouldn’t fly on Wednesday.
The club have yet to strip him of the captaincy, however the situation is that Koscielny “must train or breach contract.”
Arsenal/Koscielny talks late last season looked +ve. Back from break, asked for release, refused. Relayed tour decision Wed, confirmed @ Colney today. Flight 1230 without him. Not stripped of captaincy yet, must train or breach contract. #AFC have no offers, he does if free agent
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 11, 2019