Arsenal legend Ian Wright and supporters have slammed Laurent Koscielny following Bordeaux’s controversial announcement video unveiling their departed captain.
The 33-year old defender completed his £4.6m move to the Ligue 1 outfit on Tuesday after spending nine years at Arsenal. The Frenchman wore the captain’s armband in his final appearance for the Gunners in the Europa League final loss against Chelsea in May.
However, the relationship between Laurent Koscielny and Arsenal turned sour after the former French international refused to travel with the squad for the club’s pre-season tour of America in order to force a move away from North London.
The veteran centre-back was desperate to leave the Emirates Stadium on a free even though he had a year left on his contract. Arsenal fans were angered at Koscielny’s unprofessional behaviour after spending almost a decade with the club. At last, Bordeaux paid his transfer fee of £4.6m and got their man.
But the French club’s announcement video unveiling their new signing has resulted in a furor on social media. The 7-second clip shows Laurent Koscielny wearing an Arsenal shirt before he takes it off to reveal his new Bordeaux jersey.
Arsenal ‘invincible’ Ian Wright lashed out at Koscielny for the disrespect he has shown to Arsenal via the video. “This hurts. The level of disrespect. You should be ashamed for the way you’ve left the club after 9 years! Got what you wanted and still trying to have a dig. Hope it’s worth it in the long run,” he commented.
In another tweet, Wright said, “So unnecessary. 9 years and you do this, makes no sense.”
Former Arsenal forward Eniola Aluko and comedian Jack Whitehall also agreed with Wright.
Agree! This has got to be the worst, most crass signing reveal I have seen. He'll cringe looking back at this.
— Eniola Aluko (@EniAlu) August 6, 2019
Also maybe if he was revealing the Barca shirt – but you’ve just gone in a bargain bin clearance sale to a team that finished 14th in Ligue 1. 😬
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) August 6, 2019
The Frenchman has taken to Instagram to explain his move from Arsenal.
“My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my team-mates, my coach. However, I hope you can understand, and in any case I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal,” he wrote.
“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 the Bordeaux.”