Laurent Koscielny contract details emerge showing he took huge pay cut to leave Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny went to extreme lengths to force his way out of Arsenal.

The previous club captain refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of America before returning to France with Bordeaux.

He also angered fans with his unveiling video at the Ligue 1 club, removing an Arsenal shirt to show his new colours.

Koscielny’s nine years in north London came to an abrupt end – and there is now further proof he was simply determined to get away from the club.

His contract details with Bordeaux have emerged, with L’Equipe reporting he is earning around €60,000 (£51k) per week.

That indicates he took a huge pay cut of roughly 39% from his £90k per week wage at Arsenal.

Laurent Koscielny was determined to secure an Arsenal exit

He opened up on his controversial exit in October, blaming the physical demands of the Premier League for his desire to head back home.

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

“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.

Koscielny took a huge pay cut to head back to France with Bordeaux

“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.

“I can only say that I left with my head held high.

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

“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…”

Koscielny has played 20 games for Bordeaux in Ligue 1, with the club sitting 12th in the table ahead of their clash with Metz on Saturday evening.


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