Transfer News: Arsenal Agree To Sell Captain To French Club
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Laurent Koscielny has said his departure from Arsenal is a turning point in his career as he looks for a new challenge, Concise News reports.

The Frenchman who spent nine years at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday sealed a 5m Euro move to Bordeaux.

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He declined joining the team for their pre-season tour of the US and in his time at Arsenal, won three FA Cups.

In a post on Instagram after his move back home, the defender appreciated Arsenal for the memories and expressed optimism over playing for the French side.

“As you know I engaged with @girondins. After 9 years spent at Arsenal, i took the decision to leave,” he said.

“I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which i learned, evolved, grew up.

“This experience made me the player I am today. My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my teammates, my coach, and it has been a well thought decision.

“I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man.”

He added: “However I hope you understand, and in any case i cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal.

“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 @girondins. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination. Lolo!”

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As you know i engaged with @girondins. After 9 years spent at Arsenal, i took the decision to leave. I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which i learned, evolved, grew up. This experience made me the player I am today. My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my teammates, my coach, and it has been a well thought decision. I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man. However I hope you understand, and in any case i cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal. 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 @girondins. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination. Lolo

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