Arsenal on defender going AWOL

English Premier League

One of Arsenal's longest-serving players could be set for disciplinary action from the Premier League club after reportedly refusing to travel for the club's pre-season tour of the US.

Veteran defender Laurent Koscielny, who is now in the final year of his contract with the Gunners, has made his desire to leave Unai Emery's side crystal-clear after refusing to travel with the squad for pre-season.

The 2018/19 UEFA Europa League runners-up have now confirmed their disappointment at Koscielny's actions.

"We are very disappointed by Laurent's actions, which are against our clear instructions," a statement on the club's official website read.

"We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time."

Koscielny, who joined Arsenal from French outfit Lorient in 2010, is believed to have attracted interest from the likes of Bordeaux, Olympique Lyon and Stade Rennes.

The retired France international has made a total of 353 appearances for the London club thus far, finding the back of the net on 27 occasions.