Laurent Koscielny finally apologises to Arsenal fans

Laurent Koscielny finally apologises to Arsenal fans for Bordeaux shirt reveal stunt that ’caused a bit of a stir’ after club legends Ian Wright and Nigel Winterburn slammed defender as ‘disrespectful’

  • The defender ended nine years at Arsenal with £4.6m move to Bordeaux
  • But he caused a storm after removing Arsenal shirt to reveal a Bordeaux one
  • It led to a vicious backlash from fans and club legends Wright and Winterburn
  • Koscielny has now apologised to Arsenal fans for the seven-second video clip 

Laurent Koscielny has finally apologised to Arsenal fans for his controversial shirt swap video to announce his move to Bordeaux last year.

The centre-half was seen taking off an Arsenal shirt to reveal the colours of the French club after securing his £4.6million switch.

But club captain Koscielny had agitated for the move and refused to take part in the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

Laurent Koscielny angered Arsenal fans with a shirt reveal stunt when he signed for Bordeaux

The former Arsenal captain can be seen taking off his old jersey in a video published on Twitter

He takes it off to to unveil his Bordeaux shirt – his new club and their new kit for this campaign

It caused a backlash from Gunners legends and fans alike, with Ian Wright telling Koscielny he should be ‘ashamed’ and Nigel Winterburn branding it ‘disrespectful’.

But Koscielny has apologised for the stunt, telling French media: ‘I had nine incredible years there, lots of memories with this club.

‘I know that my announcement video at Bordeaux caused a bit of a stir, I want to apologise to the fans for that, I didn’t expect it to affect them in the way that it did.’

The seven-second clip certainly caused a stir at the time, with Wright tweeting: ‘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.’

Koscielny had spent nine years with Arsenal and was captain but agitated for his move away

He was unveiled as a Bordeaux player in more orthodox fashion a few days later 

The 35-year-old has now apologised to Arsenal fans for any upset caused by the shirt stunt

Former Arsenal defender Winterburn said: ‘Koscielny’s departure from the club was disrespectful.

‘As club captain and after being at the club for nine years, he should have known better.

‘If he was revealing a Real Madrid or Barcelona shirt then I can understand but it’s Bordeaux!

‘As club captain you have a huge responsibility to your football club to lead by example in everything you do day to day, but particularly in what you do out on the pitch, and with social media, and the way things are now, everything is picked up on.’

Koscielny, 35, played regularly for Bordeaux prior to the early curtailment of the Ligue 1 season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This season he has twice captained the side in their early league games.

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