Ex Arsenal captain, Laurent Koscielny has stated his reasons for exiting the club as a reply to Ian Wright, who blasted his decision to quit the Gunners.
Koscielny ended his 9 years at the Emirates Stadium this summer and headed to Bordeaux, despite Unai Emery being ready to keep him for the 2019-20 season.
Kos has now said he decided to leave because of concerns that he would not be able to cope with rigours of Afc’s packed fixture schedule.
He added that he had to put his family and their needs into consideration.
His words, “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.
“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. 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…”
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